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FEBS Lett. 2000 Apr 14;471(2-3):128-32.

Interaction of fMet-tRNA(fMet) with the C-terminal domain of translational initiation factor IF2 from Bacillus stearothermophilus.

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Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin, D-13092, Berlin, Germany.


Analytical ultracentrifugation studies indicated that the C-terminal domains of IF2 comprising amino acid residues 520-741 (IF2 C) and 632-741 (IF2 C-2) bind fMet-tRNA with similar affinities (K(d) at 25 degrees C equal to 0.27 and 0.23 microM, respectively). Complex formation between fMet-tRNA(fMet) and IF2 C or IF2 C-2 is accompanied by barely detectable spectral changes as demonstrated by a comparison of the Raman spectra of the complexes with the calculated sum of the spectra of the individual components. These results and the temperature dependence of the K(d) of the protein-RNA complexes indicate that complex formation is not accompanied by obvious conformational changes of the components, and possibly depends on a rather small binding site comprising only a few interacting residues of both components.

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