Conformation of free and ribosome bound rRNAs from E.coli

Nikolaos Robakis, Miloslav Boublik

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The effect of protein moiety on the conformation of 16S and 23S RNA of the E.coli ribosome has been studied by circular dichroic spectroscopy. Both rRNAs possess a comparable net content of ordered secondary structure which remains unchanged after association with ribosomal proteins into "core" particles or into complete 30S and 50S subunits, respectively. However, differences found in the stability and the cooperativity of melting of free and protein-associated rRNAs imply protein-caused variations in the distribution of the intramolecular hairpin stems and loops and/or changes in long range tertiary interactions which appear to be different for both rRNAs. While 23S RNA is maximally stabilized on the large subunit by the full set of proteins, 16S RNA on the complete small subunit shows lower stability but higher cooperativity in melting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1401-1408
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - 31 Dec 1981
Externally publishedYes


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