Supramolecular assemblies of mRNA direct the coordinated synthesis of type I procollagen chains.


Registration of the three procollagen alpha chains and assembly of the triple-helical procollagen molecules takes place in the rough endoplasmic reticulum, but the exact location and timing of assembly is not known. As part of a study of the mechanism of molecular assembly, intact collagen-producing polyribosomes from embryonic chicken tendon fibroblasts… (More)