Lnt RNA motif

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Consensus secondary structure of Lnt RNAs. This figure is adapted from a previous publication.[1]
Symbol Lnt
Rfam RF01711
Other data
RNA type Cis-reg;
Domain(s) Bacteria;
SO 0005836

The Lnt RNA motif refers to a conserved RNA structure found in certain bacteria.[1] Specifically, Lnt RNAs are known only in species within the phylum Chlorobi, and are located in the possible 5' untranslated regions (5' UTRs) of genes that are annotated as encoding apolipoprotein N-acyltransferase enzymes. There is some doubt as to whether the indicated motif is transcribed as RNA, or whether its reverse complement is transcribed. If the reverse complement is transcribed it would potentially in 5' UTRs of genes encoding bacteriochlorophyll A, and would be close to the start codon of those genes.


  1. ^ a b Weinberg Z, Wang JX, Bogue J, et al. (March 2010). "Comparative genomics reveals 104 candidate structured RNAs from bacteria, archaea and their metagenomes". Genome Biol. 11 (3): R31. PMC 2864571Freely accessible. PMID 20230605. doi:10.1186/gb-2010-11-3-r31. 

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