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Department of Biochemistry

Richard Jackson

Mechanisms of translation initiation site selection in eukaryotic and viral mRNA.​


Key publications

Jackson RJ (2013). The current status of vertebrate cellular mRNA IRESs. Cold Spring Harb. Perspect. Biol., 5(2):a011569. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a011569

Pöyry TA, Kaminski A, Connell EJ, Fraser CS, Jackson RJ (2007). The mechanism of an exceptional case of reinitiation after translation of a long ORF reveals why such events do not generally occur in mammalian mRNA translation. Genes Dev., 21(23):3149-3162. doi: 10.1101/gad.439507

Kafasla P, Morgner N, Pöyry TA, Curry S, Robinson CV, Jackson RJ (2009). Polypyrimidine tract binding protein stabilizes the encephalomyocarditis virus IRES structure via binding multiple sites in a unique orientation. Mol. Cell, 34(5):556-568. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2009.04.015

Kafasla P, Morgner N, Robinson CV, Jackson RJ (2010). Polypyrimidine tract-binding protein stimulates the poliovirus IRES by modulating eIF4G binding. EMBO J., 29(21):3710-3722. doi: 10.1038/emboj.2010.231

Pöyry TA, Jackson RJ (2011). Mechanisms governing the selection of translation initiation sites on foot-and-mouth disease virus RNA. J. Virol., 85(19):10178-10188. doi: 10.1128/JVI.05085-11

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