Published on Aug. 1, 2013 in Curr Opin Chem Biol volume 17.
PubMed ID: 23856057
Wyosine and its derivatives are highly modified, acid labile tricyclic bases found at position 37 of tRNA(Phe) in archaea and eukarya. The formation of the common 4-demethylwyosine structural feature entails condensation of pyruvate and N-methylguanosine catalyzed by TYW1. This review will focus on the mechanism of this complex radical mediated transformation.