Ribozyme in der molekularen Medizin

  • Jens Kurreck
  • Jens P. Fürste
  • Volker A. Erdmann


Erst in den 80er Jahren wurde entdeckt, dass nicht nur Proteine, sondern auch Ribonukleinsäuren enzymatisch aktiv sein können. Diese katalytischen RNA-Moleküle werden als Ribozyme bezeichnet. Das erste beschriebene Ribozym war eine sich selbst spleißende rRNA-Sequenz aus dem Ziliaten Tetrahymena thermophila (Cech et al. 1981; Kruger et al. 1982), später wurden jedoch auch Nukleinsäuren beobachtet, die in trans aktiv sind, d. h. ein anderes Molekül umsetzen und damit das entscheidende Kriterium für ein echtes Enzym erfüllen (GuerrierTakada et al. 1983). Aufgrund dieser Entdeckungen musste die klassische Vorstellung revidiert werden, dass RNA-Moleküle lediglich Informationsüberträger und Strukturbildner sind, während katalytische Aktivitäten ausschließlich Proteinen vorbehalten sind. Thomas Cech und Sidney Altman wurden für ihre bahnbrechenden Arbeiten 1989 mit dem Nobelpreis für Chemie geehrt.


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