Reconstitution of functional 50S ribosomes from in vitro transcripts of Bacillus stearothermophilus 23S rRNA

Rachel Green, Harry F. Noller

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Abstract

In vitro transcripts of Bacillus stearothermophilus 23S rRNA can be reconstituted into catalytically active 50S ribosomal subunits with an efficiency only 3-4-fold lower than that of natural 23S rRNA. Thus, post- transcriptional modifications in 23S rRNA are not essential for the assembly or function of the 50S subunit of the ribosome. This reconstitution system has been used to characterize the peptidyl transferase activity of site- directed mutations in 23S rRNA at positions G2252, U2506, U2584, and A2602 (Escherichia coli numbering), demonstrating its potential for the analysis of the role played by 23S rRNA in the function of the 50S subunit of the ribosome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1772-1779
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemistry
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 9 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry

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