small nuclear RNA


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small nu·cle·ar RNA (snRNA),

small RNA (that is, about 90-300 nucleotides long) in the nucleus believed to have a role in RNA processing and cellular architecture.

small nuclear RNA (snRNA)

short eucaryotic RNA molecule found in the nucleus, involved in the SPLICING of specific types of INTRON in PRIMARY mRNA molecules. Also called U-RNA, since it is rich in URIDINE NUCLEOTIDES.
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During my phD, I identified RNA ligands for the magnesium ions that catalyze these splicing reactions and showed that the spliceosomal U6 and U2 small nuclear RNAs form a structure resembling group II self-splicing intron RNAs.

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