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Two dissimilar seryl-transfer RNA (tRNA) synthetases (SerRSs) exist in Methanosarcina barkeri, one of bacterial type and the other resembling SerRSs present only in some methanogenic archaea. To investigate the requirements of these enzymes for tRNASer recognition, serylation of variant transcripts of M. barkeri tRNASer was kinetically analyzed in vitro(More)
Functional and comparative genomic studies have previously shown that the essential protein lysyl-tRNA synthetase (LysRS) exists in two unrelated forms. Most prokaryotes and all eukaryotes contain a class II LysRS, whereas most archaea and a few bacteria contain a less common class I LysRS. In bacteria the class I LysRS is only found in the(More)
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) are multidomain proteins that specifically attach amino acids to their cognate tRNAs. Their most conserved, and presumably evolutionarily oldest, domains are the catalytic cores, which activate amino acids and transfer them to the 3' ends of tRNAs. Additional domains appended to or inserted in the body of aaRSs increase(More)
Threonyl-tRNA synthetase (ThrRS) participates in protein synthesis quality control by selectively editing the misacylated species Ser-tRNA(Thr). In bacteria and eukaryotes the editing function of ThrRS resides in a highly conserved N-terminal domain distant from the active site. Most archaeal ThrRS proteins are devoid of this editing domain, suggesting(More)
The methanogenic archaea Methanococcus jannaschii and M. maripaludis contain an atypical seryl-tRNA synthetase (SerRS), which recognizes eukaryotic and bacterial tRNAsSer, in addition to the homologous tRNASer and tRNASec species. The relative flexibility in tRNA recognition displayed by methanogenic SerRSs, shown by aminoacylation and gel mobility shift(More)
Sequencing of a large number of microbial genomes has led to the discovery of new enzymes involved in tRNA biosynthesis and tRNA function. Preparation of a great variety of RNA molecules is, therefore, of major interest for biochemical characterization of these proteins. We describe a fast, cost-effective and efficient method for in vitro production of tRNA(More)
Translation is the process by which ribosomes direct protein synthesis using the genetic information contained in messenger RNA (mRNA). Transfer RNAs (tRNAs) are charged with an amino acid and brought to the ribosome, where they are paired with the corresponding trinucleotide codon in mRNA. The amino acid is attached to the nascent polypeptide and the(More)
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