eIF5A Functions Globally in Translation Elongation and Termination

Anthony P. Schuller, Colin Chih Chien Wu, Thomas E. Dever, Allen R. Buskirk, Rachel Green

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The eukaryotic translation factor eIF5A, originally identified as an initiation factor, was later shown to promote translation elongation of iterated proline sequences. Using a combination of ribosome profiling and in vitro biochemistry, we report a much broader role for eIF5A in elongation and uncover a critical function for eIF5A in termination. Ribosome profiling of an eIF5A-depleted strain reveals a global elongation defect, with abundant ribosomes stalling at many sequences, not limited to proline stretches. Our data also show ribosome accumulation at stop codons and in the 3' UTR, suggesting a global defect in termination in the absence of eIF5A. Using an in vitro reconstituted translation system, we find that eIF5A strongly promotes the translation of the stalling sequences identified by profiling and increases the rate of peptidyl-tRNA hydrolysis more than 17-fold. We conclude that eIF5A functions broadly in elongation and termination, rationalizing its high cellular abundance and essential nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-205.e5
JournalMolecular cell
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 20 2017


  • biochemistry
  • eIF5A
  • ribosome profiling
  • translation elongation
  • translation termination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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