Published on Dec. 1, 2009 in Nat Chem Biol volume 5.
PubMed ID: 19820715
We developed a general method to detect cellular small molecule-RNA conjugates that does not rely on the reactivity of the small molecule. This technique revealed NAD-linked RNA in Escherichia coli and Streptomyces venezuelae. Subsequent characterization showed that NAD is a 5' modification of RNA, cannot be installed in vitro through aberrant transcriptional initiation, is only found among smaller cellular RNAs and is present at a surprisingly high abundance of approximately 3,000 copies per cell.