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We describe the high resolution structure of the large ribosomal subunit from Deinococcus radiodurans (D50S), a gram-positive mesophile suitable for binding of antibiotics and functionally relevant ligands. The over-all structure of D50S is similar to that from the archae bacterium Haloarcula marismortui (H50S); however, a detailed comparison revealed(More)
The small ribosomal subunit performs the decoding of genetic information during translation. The structure of that from Thermus thermophilus shows that the decoding center, which positions mRNA and three tRNAs, is constructed entirely of RNA. The entrance to the mRNA channel will encircle the message when a latch-like contact closes and contributes to(More)
The L7/12 stalk of the large subunit of bacterial ribosomes encompasses protein L10 and multiple copies of L7/12. We present crystal structures of Thermotoga maritima L10 in complex with three L7/12 N-terminal-domain dimers, refine the structure of an archaeal L10E N-terminal domain on the 50S subunit, and identify these elements in(More)
Ribosomes, the site of protein synthesis, are a major target for natural and synthetic antibiotics. Detailed knowledge of antibiotic binding sites is central to understanding the mechanisms of drug action. Conversely, drugs are excellent tools for studying the ribosome function. To elucidate the structural basis of ribosome-antibiotic interactions, we(More)
copy (cryo-EM) have also revealed new features of ribo-somal particles and their complexes (Gabashvili et al., 1999b, 2000; Stark et al., 2000). In parallel, the structures of several ribosomal protein–RNA complexes have been determined at high resolution (Conn et al. Structure The small ribosomal subunit from T. thermophilus 22603 Hamburg contains 19(More)
Nascent proteins emerge out of ribosomes through an exit tunnel, which was assumed to be a firmly built passive path. Recent biochemical results, however, indicate that the tunnel plays an active role in sequence-specific gating of nascent chains and in responding to cellular signals. Consistently, modulation of the tunnel shape, caused by the binding of(More)
Preliminary electron density maps of the large and the small ribosomal particles from halophilic and thermophilic sources, phased by the isomorphous replacement method, have been constructed at intermediate resolution. These maps contain features comparable in size with what is expected for the corresponding particles, and their packing arrangements are in(More)
Crystals, diffracting best to around 3 A, have been grown from intact large and small ribosomal subunits. The bright synchrotron radiation necessary for the collection of the higher-resolution X-ray diffraction data introduces significant decay even at cryo temperatures. Nevertheless, owing to the reasonable isomorphism of the recently improved crystals of(More)
BACKGROUND The bacterial ribosome is a primary target of several classes of antibiotics. Investigation of the structure of the ribosomal subunits in complex with different antibiotics can reveal the mode of inhibition of ribosomal protein synthesis. Analysis of the interactions between antibiotics and the ribosome permits investigation of the specific(More)
Despite the appearance of bacterial strains resistant to all clinical antibiotics, including vancomycin (the 'last resort'), development of new antimicrobial agents has slowed during recent decades. To aid design of new antibiotics, we must develop a detailed understanding of the mechanisms of antibiotic action and antibiotic resistance. Several classes of(More)