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IRES, expression of several genes

Shigeru Morikawa morikawa at nih.go.jp
Thu Nov 23 04:01:16 EST 1995

IRES is Internal Ribosome Entry Site, which is common for 
enteroviral RNA. Since enteroviruses do NOT have Cap structure 
at the 5'-extrimity in their RNAs, IRES (this region forms 
complex 2ndary structure) located at 5' region of their RNAs 
functions as ribosomal recognition. HCV and some other viruses 
also utilize IRES structure. 

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