Two-dimensional combinatorial screening and the RNA Privileged Space Predictor program efficiently identify aminoglycoside RNA hairpin loop interactions

Dustin J. Paul, Steven J. Seedhouse, Matthew D. Disney

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Abstract

Herein, we report the identification of RNA hairpin loops that bind derivatives of kanamycin A, tobramycin, neamine, and neomycin B via two-dimensional combinatorial screening, a method that screens chemical and RNA spaces simultaneously. An arrayed aminoglycoside library was probed for binding to a 6-nucleotide RNA hairpin loop library (4096 members). Members of the loop library that bound each aminoglycoside were excised from the array, amplified and sequenced. Sequences were analyzed with our newly developed RNA Privileged Space Predictor (RNA-PSP) program, which analyzes selected sequences to identify statistically significant trends. RNA-PSP identified the following unique trends: 5'UNNNC3' loops for the kanamycin A derivative (where N is any nucleotide); 5'UNNC3' loops for the tobramycin derivative; 5'UNC3' loops for the neamine derivative; and 5'UNNG3' loops for the neomycin B derivative. The affinities and selectivities of a subset of the ligand-hairpin loop interactions were determined. The selected interactions have Kd values ranging from 10 nM to 605 nM. Selectivities ranged from 0.4 to >200-fold. Interestingly, the results from RNA-PSP are able to qualitatively predict specificity based on overlap between the RNA sequences selected for the ligands. These studies expand the information available on small molecule-RNA motif interactions, which could be useful to design ligands targeting RNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbergkp594
Pages (from-to)5894-5907
Number of pages14
JournalNucleic acids research
Volume37
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Genetics

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