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Genes Dev. 2006 May 15;20(10):1294-307.

Systematic identification and functional screens of uncharacterized proteins associated with eukaryotic ribosomal complexes.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee 37232, USA.


Translation regulation is a critical means by which cells control growth, division, and apoptosis. To gain further insight into translation and related processes, we performed multifaceted mass spectrometry-based proteomic screens of yeast ribosomal complexes and discovered an association of 77 uncharacterized yeast proteins with ribosomes. Immunoblotting revealed an EDTA-dependent cosedimentation with ribosomes in sucrose gradients for 11 candidate translation-machinery-associated (TMA) proteins. Tandem affinity purification linked one candidate, LSM12, to the RNA processing proteins PBP1 and PBP4. A second candidate, TMA46, interacted with RBG1, a GTPase that interacts with ribosomes. By adapting translation assays to high-throughput screening methods, we showed that null yeast strains harboring deletions for several of the TMA genes had alterations in protein synthesis rates (TMA7 and TMA19), susceptibility to drugs that inhibit translation (TMA7), translation fidelity (TMA20), and polyribosome profiles (TMA7, TMA19, and TMA20). TMA20 has significant sequence homology with the oncogene MCT-1. Expression of human MCT-1 in the Deltatma20 yeast mutant complemented translation-related defects, strongly implying that MCT-1 functions in translation-related processes. Together these findings implicate the TMA proteins and, potentially, their human homologs, in translation related processes.

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