Margaret M. Elvekrog

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Most membrane and secretory proteins are delivered co-translationally to protein translocation channels in their destination membrane by the signal recognition particle (SRP) and its receptor. This co-translational molecular machinery is conserved across all kingdoms of life, though it varies in composition and function. Here we report recent progress(More)
Proteins containing heme, iron(protoporphyrin IX) and its variants, continue to be one of the most-studied classes of biomolecules due to their diverse range of biological functions. The literature is abundant with reports of structural and functional characterization of individual heme proteins which demonstrate that heme protein reduction potential(More)
The signal recognition particle (SRP) directs ribosome-nascent chain complexes (RNCs) displaying signal sequences to protein translocation channels in the plasma membrane of prokaryotes and endoplasmic reticulum of eukaryotes. It was initially proposed that SRP binds the signal sequence when it emerges from an RNC and that successful binding becomes(More)
During translation, initiation factor 3 (IF3) binds to the small (30S) ribosomal subunit and regulates the fidelity with which the initiator tRNA and mRNA start codon substrates are selected into the 30S initiation complex (30S IC). The molecular mechanism through which IF3 promotes the recognition and signaling of correct substrate selection, however,(More)
Single-molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer (smFRET) has emerged as a powerful tool for mechanistic investigations of increasingly complex biochemical systems. Recently, we and others have successfully used smFRET to directly investigate the role of structural dynamics in the function and regulation of the cellular protein synthesis machinery. A(More)
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