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Biochemistry. 1991 May 14;30(19):4821-30.

Fluorescence study of the topology of messenger RNA bound to the 30S ribosomal subunit of Escherichia coli.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas, Austin 78712.


Short RNAs (25-36 nucleotides in length) with sequences of the translational initiation region of bacteriophage R17 protein A mRNA were produced by chemical and in vitro transcription techniques and labeled at their 5' or 3' ends with fluorescent probes. The interaction of these labeled RNAs with the 30S subunit of Escherichia coli was studied by using fluorescence spectroscopic techniques. All the RNAs bound tightly to 30S subunits (Kd less than or equal to 200 nM). Resonance energy transfer experiments demonstrated the proximity of the ends of the RNAs to each other and to two fluorescently labeled sites on the 30S subunit: the 3' end of 16S rRNA and the cysteine residue of ribosomal protein S21. By using the distances calculated from energy transfer between the 3' end of 16S rRNA and the ends of RNAs of varying lengths, a topological map of this region of mRNA on the 30S subunit was constructed.

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