Construction and cleavage characterization of single targeted multi-ribozyme expression systems in vitro

Sheng Li Tian, Dong Ping Xu, Takao Ohnuma

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In order to clarify cleavage efficiency of a multi-ribozyme expression system on their substrates, plasmids containing 20 cis-acting hammerhead ribozymes for self-cleavage and 10 trans-acting hammerhead ribozymes targeted on MDR1 and MRP1 substrates, the target plasmids pGEM-MDR1 and pGEM-MRP1 were constructed by employing PCR and DNA recombination. The endonuclease's digestion and DNA sequencing confirmed exactness of the multi-ribozyme expression systems and the target plasmids. The repeated self-cleavage tests revealed that the cis-acting hammerhead ribozymes in the multi-ribozyme expression system were able to cleave themselves and trans-acting hammerhead ribozymes 196 Rz and 210 Rz were released. The cleavage efficiencies of liberated ribozymes on their targets were evaluated in vitro and the results indicate that 196 Rz and 210 Rz were able to cleave the MDR1 and MRP1 RNA substrates. The profile of cleavage reaction shows that the cleavage efficiencies were correlated with the numbers of trans-acting hammerhead ribozymes contained in the multi-ribozyme expression systems, as well as the multi-ribozyme system is much better than the single ribozyme. Test of various concentrations of Mg2+ reveals that ribozyme cleavage reactions were dependent on Mg2+ concentration. The plot of lg(kobs) vs. lg[Mg2+] displays a linear relationship in the concentration range observed(2.5-20 mmol/L).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-512
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Research in Chinese Universities
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


  • Hammerhead ribozyme
  • Multi-ribozyme expression systems
  • RNA substrate


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