Gene regulation meets redox biology - NAD-modified RNA and beyond

Digital Lecture

At first glance, RNA appears to be a very simple biomolecule, composed of only four building blocks. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the more than 200 known natural chemical modifications support, extend and modulate the functions of RNAs. In 2015, we have discovered RNAs in bacteria that are linked to a ubiquitous coenzyme of cellular metabolism, namely NAD+. The linkage is similar to that of the RNA cap structures known in higher organisms. This work has established the new field of non-canonical capping, and the NAD captureSeq method developed by us has been widely adopted. In my lecture, I will report recent progress on the biosynthesis, degradation, and possible biological functions of this new RNA modification. Furthermore, I will present our work aimed at identifying RNAs linked to other coenzymes.

Andres Jäschke studied chemistry at Humboldt University in Berlin, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1993 working with Dieter Cech. After graduation, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow with Alexander Rich at MIT (Cambridge, USA). From 1995 to 2002 Andres Jäschke was a Junior group leader at Free University in Berlin, where he received his habilitation in bioorganic chemistry in 2000. Since 2002, he has been holding the Chair of pharmaceutical and bioorganic chemistry at Heidelberg University. His research group made major contributions to the chemical biology of nucleic acids.

Moderation: Professorin Dr. Sabine Müller

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