Special Issue "Functions of Transfer RNAs"


A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Michael Ibba
Department of Microbiology and Center for RNA Biology, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210-1292, USA
Website: http://microbiology.osu.edu/faculty/ibba-michael
E-Mail: ibba.1@osu.edu
Phone: +1-614-292-2120
Fax: +1-614-292-8120
Interests: translation; the genetic code; quality control; tRNA biology; microbial; stress response

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Constantinos Stathopoulos
Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, University of Patras, 1 Asklipiou st., 26504 Patras, Greece
Website: http://biochemistry.med.upatras.gr/lang_en/laboratory/viewCV/2
E-Mail: cstath@med.upatras.gr
Phone: +30 2610 997932 (office); +30 2610 997936 (lab)
Fax: +30 2610 969167

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Transfer RNA (tRNA) has played a key role in the field of molecular biology since its critical role in translating the genetic code started to emerge over 50 years ago. More recently, renewed interest in tRNA biology has come from all manor of fields including high resolution structure/function studies of the ribosome, the role of genetic recoding in synthetic biology, and a broad scope of medical advances from antibiotic resistance to cancer biology. These wide-ranging interests will all be represented at the 25th tRNA workshop that will be held in Greece in September 2014. This will mark the 50th anniversary of the tRNA meeting, and to coincide with this momentous event, we will assemble a series of review and research articles on the many Functions of tRNAs. The articles in this special issue of IJMS will cover a broad range of topics from tRNA synthesis and maturation, to the evolution of the genetic code, translation and human disease, providing an ideal resource for those interested in learning more about the latest developments in tRNA biology.

Prof. Dr. Michael Ibba
Prof. Dr. Constantinos Stathopoulos
Guest Editors


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  • transfer RNA
  • translation
  • the genetic code
  • aminoacyl-tRNA synthesis
  • protein synthesis
  • tRNA-dependent biosynthesis
  • tRNA-dependent regulation

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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(10), 18267-18280; doi:10.3390/ijms151018267
Received: 3 September 2014; in revised form: 2 October 2014 / Accepted: 8 October 2014 / Published: 10 October 2014
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(9), 15552-15570; doi:10.3390/ijms150915552
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