Possible steps of complete disassembly of post-termination complex by yeast eEF3 deduced from inhibition by translocation inhibitors

Article (PDF Available)inNucleic Acids Research 41(1) · October 2012with55 Reads
DOI: 10.1093/nar/gks958 · Source: PubMed
Ribosomes, after one round of translation, must be recycled so that the next round of translation can occur. Complete disassembly of post-termination ribosomal complex (PoTC) in yeast for the recycling consists of three reactions: release of tRNA, release of mRNA and splitting of ribosomes, catalyzed by eukaryotic elongation factor 3 (eEF3) and ATP. Here, we show that translocation inhibitors cycloheximide and lactimidomycin inhibited all three reactions. Cycloheximide is a non-competitive inhibitor of both eEF3 and ATP. The inhibition was observed regardless of the way PoTC was prepared with either release factors or puromycin. Paromomycin not only inhibited all three reactions but also re-associated yeast ribosomal subunits. On the other hand, sordarin or fusidic acid, when applied together with eEF2/GTP, specifically inhibited ribosome splitting without blocking of tRNA/mRNA release. From these inhibitor studies, we propose that, in accordance with eEF3's known function in elongation, the release of tRNA via exit site occurs first, then mRNA is released, followed by the splitting of ribosomes during the disassembly of post-termination complexes catalyzed by eEF3 and ATP.


    • "Eukaryotic elongation factor 2 (eEF2) is a member of the GTPase superfamily of proteins which is known to assist in the tRNA translocation step of protein synthesis. Sordarin is a known antifungal agent which targets eEF2 so as to inhibit protein translation either by blocking eEF2-mediated translocation of tRNAs from A and P sites to P and E sites of the ribosome [4], or by interfering with eEF2-dependent ribosome splitting [5]. Interestingly, sordarin does not hinder GTP hydrolysis. "
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    • "However, some earlier studies also pointed out the recycling ability of some eukaryotic initiation factors like eIF3, eIF1, eIF3j [2]. Additionally, it has been proposed that eukaryotic elongation factors (eEF3, eEF2) have an ATP-dependent catalyzing role in the process of yeast post-termination ribosomal complex splitting [3,4]. The common aspect among all the recycling models discussed above is that all these are energy dependent (hydrolysis of ATP/ GTP). "
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