IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: tRNA-intron lyase

Reaction: pretRNA = a 3'-half-tRNA molecule with a 5'-OH end + a 5'-half-tRNA molecule with a 2',3'-cyclic phosphate end + an intron with a 2',3'-cyclic phosphate and a 5'-hydroxyl terminus

Other name(s): transfer ribonucleate intron endoribonuclease; tRNA splicing endonuclease; splicing endonuclease; tRNATRPintron endonuclease; transfer splicing endonuclease

Systematic name: pretRNA lyase (intron-removing; 2',3'-cyclic-phosphate-forming)

Comments: The enzyme catalyses the final stage in the maturation of tRNA molecules.

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1. Attardi, D.G., Margarit, I. and Tocchini-Valentini, G.P. Structural alterations in mutant precursors of the yeast tRNALeu3 gene which behave as defective substrates for a highly purified splicing endoribonuclease. EMBO J. 4 (1985) 3289-3297. [PMID: 3937725]

2. Peebles, C.L., Gegenheimer, P. and Abelson, J. Precise excision of intervening sequences from precursor tRNAs by a membrane-associated yeast endonuclease. Cell 32 (1983) 525-536. [PMID: 6186398]

3. Thompson, L.D., Brandon, L.D., Nieuwlandt, D.T. and Daniels, C.J. Transfer RNA intron processing in the halophilic archaebacteria. Can. J. Microbiol. 35 (1989) 36-42. [PMID: 2470486]

4. Thompson, L.D. and Daniels, C.J. A tRNA(Trp) intron endonuclease from Halobacterium volcanii. Unique substrate recognition properties. J. Biol. Chem. 263 (1988) 17951-17959. [PMID: 3192521]

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