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Nobel Prize for the Ribosome
Three structural biologists have won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome–Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology), Thomas A. Steitz (Yale University), and Ada E. Yonath (Weizmann Institute of Science). The depositions of their first complete ribosome subunit structures (PDB IDs 1fjg, 1ffk, and 1fka) almost a decade ago ushered structural biology into a new era.
Since that time, more than 120 ribosome structures consisting of 50S, 30S subunits and complete 70S ribosomes have been contributed by these Nobel scientists. The structures, complexed with and without antibiotics, tRNAs, mRNAs, initiation factors, and release factors, provide a basis for understanding how the ribosome works and are useful tools for drug development.
Ribosome-related resources at the RCSB PDB include the October 2000 edition of the Molecule of the Month, animated GIFs of the large and small ribosomal subunit, and a small poster commemorating the award.