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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1974 Apr;71(4):1342-6.

The 3'-terminal sequence of Escherichia coli 16S ribosomal RNA: complementarity to nonsense triplets and ribosome binding sites.

Abstract

With a stepwise degradation and terminal labeling procedure the 3'-terminal sequence of E. coli 16S ribosomal RNA is shown to be Pyd-A-C-C-U-C-C-U-U-A(OH). It is suggested that this region of the RNA is able to interact with mRNA and that the 3'-terminal U-U-A(OH) is involved in the termination of protein synthesis through base-pairing with terminator codons. The sequence A-C-C-U-C-C could recognize a conserved sequence found in the ribosome binding sites of various coliphage mRNAs; it may thus be involved in the formation of the mRNA.30S subunit complex.

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4598299
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PMC388224
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