Role of ribosomal protein L27 in peptidyl transfer.
ABSTRACT The current view of ribosomal peptidyl transfer is that the ribosome is a ribozyme and that ribosomal proteins are not involved in catalysis of the chemical reaction. This view is largely based on the first crystal structures of bacterial large ribosomal subunits that did not show any protein components near the peptidyl transferase center (PTC). Recent crystallographic data on the full 70S ribosome from Thermus thermophilus, however, show that ribosomal protein L27 extends with its N-terminus into the PTC in accordance with independent biochemical data, thus raising the question of whether the ribozyme picture is strictly valid. We have carried out extensive computer simulations of the peptidyl transfer reaction in the T. thermophilus ribosome to address the role of L27. The results show a reaction rate similar to that obtained in earlier simulations of the Haloarcula marismortui reaction. Furthermore, deletion of L27 is predicted to only give a minor rate reduction, in agreement with biochemical data, suggesting that the ribozyme view is indeed valid. The N-terminus of L27 is predicted to interact with the A76 phosphate group of the A-site tRNA, thereby explaining the observed impairment of A-site substrate binding for ribosomes lacking L27. Simulations are also reported for the reaction with puromycin, an A-site tRNA analogue which lacks the A76 phosphate group. The calculated energetics shows that this substrate can cause a downward p K a shift of L27 and that the reaction proceeds faster with the L27 N-terminus deprotonated, in contrast to the situation with aminoacyl-tRNA substrates. These results could explain the observed differences in pH dependence between the puromycin and C-puromycin reactions, where the former reaction has been seen to depend on an additional ionizing group besides the attacking amine, and our model predicts this ionizing group to be the N-terminal amine of L27.
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ABSTRACT: We previously identified mutations in the GTPase initiation factor 2 (IF2), located outside its tRNA-binding domain, compensating strongly (A-type) or weakly (B-type) for initiator tRNA formylation deficiency. We show here that rapid docking of 30S with 50S subunits in initiation of translation depends on switching 30S subunit-bound IF2 from its inactive to active form. Activation of wild-type IF2 requires GTP and formylated initiator tRNA (fMet-tRNA(i)). In contrast, extensive activation of A-type IF2 occurs with only GTP or with GDP and fMet-tRNA(i), implying a passive role for initiator tRNA as activator of IF2 in subunit docking. The theory of conditional switching of GTPases quantitatively accounts for all our experimental data. We find that GTP, GDP, fMet-tRNA(i) and A-type mutations multiplicatively increase the equilibrium ratio, K, between active and inactive forms of IF2 from a value of 4 × 10(-4) for wild-type apo-IF2 by factors of 300, 8, 80 and 20, respectively. Functional characterization of the A-type mutations provides keys to structural interpretation of conditional switching of IF2 and other multidomain GTPases.The EMBO Journal 01/2011; 30(2):289-301. · 9.82 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The occurrence of phosphorylated proteins in ribosomes of Streptomyces coelicolor was investigated. Little is known about which biological functions these posttranslational modifications might fulfil. A protein kinase associated with ribosomes phosphorylated six ribosomal proteins of the small subunit (S3, S4, S12, S13, S14 and S18) and seven ribosomal proteins of the large subunit (L2, L3, L7/L12, L16, L17, L23 and L27). The ribosomal proteins were phosphorylated mainly on the Ser/Thr residues. Phosphorylation of the ribosomal proteins influences ribosomal subunits association. Ribosomes with phosphorylated proteins were used to examine poly (U) translation activity. Phosphorylation induced about 50% decrease in polyphenylalanine synthesis. After preincubation of ribosomes with alkaline phosphatase the activity of ribosomes was greatly restored. Small differences were observed between phosphorylated and unphosphorylated ribosomes in the kinetic parameters of the binding of Phe-tRNA to the A-site of poly (U) programmed ribosomes, suggesting that the initial binding of Phe-tRNA is not significantly affected by phosphorylation. On contrary, the rate of peptidyl transferase was about two-fold lower than that in unphosphorylated ribosomes. The data presented demonstrate that phosphorylation of ribosomal proteins affects critical steps of protein synthesis.Molecular BioSystems 03/2011; 7(3):817-23. · 3.35 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: 80α is a temperate, double-stranded DNA bacteriophage of Staphylococcus aureus that can act as a "helper" for the mobilization of S. aureus pathogenicity islands (SaPIs), including SaPI1. When SaPI1 is mobilized by 80α, the SaPI genomes are packaged into capsids that are composed of phage proteins, but that are smaller than those normally formed by the phage. This size determination is dependent on SaPI1 proteins CpmA and CpmB. Here, we show that co-expression of the 80α capsid and scaffolding proteins in S. aureus, but not in E. coli, leads to the formation of procapsid-related structures, suggesting that a host co-factor is required for assembly. The capsid and scaffolding proteins also undergo normal N-terminal processing upon expression in S. aureus, implicating a host protease. We also find that SaPI1 proteins CpmA and CpmB promote the formation of small capsids upon co-expression with 80α capsid and scaffolding proteins in S. aureus.Virology 09/2012; · 3.35 Impact Factor