TBI-Preprint 99-12-078

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RNA Folding at Elementary Step Resolution

Christoph Flamm, Walter Fontana, Ivo L. Hofacker, Peter Schuster

Appeared in:
RNA, 6, 325-338 (2000)

We study the stochastic folding kinetics of RNA sequences into secondary structures with a new algorithm based on the formation, dissociation, and the shifting of individual base pairs. We discuss folding mechanisms and the correlation between the barrier structure of the conformational landscape and the folding kinetics for a number of examples based on artificial and natural sequences, including the influence of base modification in tRNAs.

Conformational spaces, foldability, RNA folding kinetics, RNA secondary structure.

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