Identifying and Searching for Conserved RNA Localisation Signals

  • Russell S. Hamilton
  • Ilan DavisEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 714)


RNA localisation is an important mode of delivering proteins to their site of function. Cis-acting signals within the RNAs, which can be thought of as zip-codes, determine the site of localisation. There are few examples of fully characterised RNA signals, but the signals are thought to be defined through a combination of primary, secondary, and tertiary structures. In this chapter, we describe a selection of computational methods for predicting RNA secondary structure, identifying localisation signals, and searching for similar localisation signals on a genome-wide scale. The chapter is aimed at the biologist rather than presenting the details of each of the individual methods.

Key words

Bioinformatics mRNA localisation RNA secondary structure 



RSH and ID are supported through a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship (081858) to ID.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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