RNA that has catalytic activity. The catalytic RNA sequence folds to form a complex surface that can function as an enzyme in reactions with itself and other molecules. It may function even in the absence of protein. There are numerous examples of RNA species that are acted upon by catalytic RNA,however the scope of this enzyme class is not limited to a particular type of substrate.
- inhibition of hyperplastic scar with ribozymes target in type and pre-collagen
- intervention of ribozymes of type and procollagen on hyperplastic scar of nude mice
- ribozymes and evolution
- Some transcripts act as ribozymes and self-regulate their expression.
- Ribozymes can be designed to destroy RNA molecules with specific sequences.