In Vitro Assays for Kinetoplastid U Insertion-Deletion Editing and Associated Activities

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 265)


This chapter describes biochemical assays that have been used in analyzing RNA editing in kinetoplastid mitochondria and to characterize the general mechanism of editing by the editosome. Studies using these assays have shown that the characteristics of each activity contribute to editing site selection, U addition and removal, and RNA ligation resulting in accurately edited mRNAs.

Key Words

Kinetoplastid RNA editing U insertion and deletion editing editing activities guide RNA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Seattle Biomedical Research InstituteUniversity of WashingtonSeattle
  2. 2.Department of PathobiologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattle
  3. 3.Department of BiostatisticsUniversity of WashingtonSeattle

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