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Polypeptide chain termination and stop codon readthrough on eukaryotic ribosomes.

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  • 1Universität Freiburg, Institut für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie, Hermann-Herder-Strasse 7, 79104 Freiburg, Germany.


During protein translation, a variety of quality control checks ensure that the resulting polypeptides deviate minimally from their genetic encoding template. Translational fidelity is central in order to preserve the function and integrity of each cell. Correct termination is an important aspect of translational fidelity, and a multitude of mechanisms and players participate in this exquisitely regulated process. This review explores our current understanding of eukaryotic termination by highlighting the roles of the different ribosomal components as well as termination factors and ribosome-associated proteins, such as chaperones.

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