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Biochemistry. 2004 May 25;43(20):5930-6.

Conformation and dynamics of ribosomal stalk protein L12 in solution and on the ribosome.

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Department of Biophysical Chemistry, Lund University, Box 124, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden.

Abstract

During translation, the ribosome and several of its constituent proteins undergo structural transitions between different functional states. Protein L12, present in four copies in prokaryotic ribosomes, forms a flexible "stalk" with key functions in factor-dependent GTP hydrolysis during translocation. Here we have used heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy to characterize L12 conformation and dynamics in solution and on the ribosome. Isolated L12 forms a symmetric dimer mediated by the N-terminal domains (NTDs), to which each C-terminal domain (CTD) is connected via an unstructured hinge segment. The overall structure can be described as three ellipsoids joined by flexible linkers. No persistent contacts are seen between the two CTDs, or between the NTD and CTD in the L12 dimer in solution. In the (1)H-(15)N HSQC spectrum of the Escherichia coli 70S ribosome, a single set of cross-peaks are observed for residues 40-120 of L12, the intensities of which correspond to only two of four protein copies. The structure of the CTDs observed on the ribosome is indistinguishable from that of isolated L12. These results indicate that two CTDs with identical average structures are mobile and extend away from the ribosome, while the other two copies most likely interact tightly with the ribosome even in the absence of translational factors.

PMID:
15147176
DOI:
10.1021/bi0495331
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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