Placement of protein and RNA structures into a 5 A-resolution map of the 50S ribosomal subunit.Ban, N., Nissen, P., Hansen, J., Capel, M., Moore, P.B., Steitz, T.A.
(1999) Nature 400: 841-847
- PubMed: 10476961
- DOI: 10.1038/23641
- PubMed Abstract:
- A 9 A resolution X-ray crystallographic map of the large ribosomal subunit
Ban, N.,Freeborn, B.,Nissen, P.,Penczec, P.,Grassucci, R.A.,Sweet, R.,Frank, J.,Moore, P.B.,Steitz, T.A.
(1998) Cell 26: 1105
We have calculated at 5.0 A resolution an electron-density map of the large 50S ribosomal subunit from the bacterium Haloarcula marismortui by using phases derived from four heavy-atom derivatives, intercrystal density averaging and density-modificat ...
We have calculated at 5.0 A resolution an electron-density map of the large 50S ribosomal subunit from the bacterium Haloarcula marismortui by using phases derived from four heavy-atom derivatives, intercrystal density averaging and density-modification procedures. More than 300 base pairs of A-form RNA duplex have been fitted into this map, as have regions of non-A-form duplex, single-stranded segments and tetraloops. The long rods of RNA crisscrossing the subunit arise from the stacking of short, separate double helices, not all of which are A-form, and in many places proteins crosslink two or more of these rods. The polypeptide exit channel was marked by tungsten cluster compounds bound in one heavy-atom-derivatized crystal. We have determined the structure of the translation-factor-binding centre by fitting the crystal structures of the ribosomal proteins L6, L11 and L14, the sarcin-ricin loop RNA, and the RNA sequence that binds L11 into the electron density. We can position either elongation factor G or elongation factor Tu complexed with an aminoacylated transfer RNA and GTP onto the factor-binding centre in a manner that is consistent with results from biochemical and electron microscopy studies.
Department of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8114, USA.