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Biochemistry. 1998 Feb 10;37(6):1714-21.

Ribosomal proteins neighboring 23 S rRNA nucleotides 803-811 within the 50 S subunit.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 19104-6323, USA.


We report the synthesis of a radioactive, photolabile oligodeoxyribonucleotide probe and its exploitation in identifying 50 S ribosomal subunit components neighboring its target site, nucleotides 803-811 in 23 S rRNA. Photolysis of the complex formed between the probe and 50 S subunits leads to site-specific probe photoincorporation into proteins L15, L17, and L20, labeled to greater extents, and L13 and L21, labeled to lesser extents. Portions of each of these proteins thus lie within 23 A of nucleotide U803. These results lead us to conclude that nucleotides 803-811 fall on the side of the L13-L17-L20-L21 protein cluster [Walleczek et al. (1988) EMBO J. 7, 3571-3576] that points from the back of the 50 S particle toward the peptidyl transferase center within the 50 S subunit. Such placement is consistent with the observation that an oligoDNA probe directed to nucleotides 803-811 decreases P-site binding of tRNA [Hill et al. (1990) Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1050, 45-50].

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