Messenger RNA recognition by fragments of ribosomal protein S4.

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Baker AM, Draper DE

Messenger RNA recognition by fragments of ribosomal protein S4.

J Biol Chem. 1995 Sep 29;270(39):22939-45.

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Ribosomal protein S4 from Escherichia coli binds a large domain of 16 S ribosomal RNA and also a pseudoknot structure in the alpha operon mRNA, where it represses its own synthesis. No similarity between the two RNA binding sites has been detected. To find out whether separate protein regions are responsible for rRNA and mRNA recognition, proteins with N-terminal or C-terminal deletions have been overexpressed and purified. Protein-mRNA interactions were detected by (i) a nitrocellulose filter binding assay, (ii) inhibition of primer extension by reverse transcriptase, and (iii) a gel shift assay. Circular dichroism spectra were taken to determine whether the proteins adopted stable secondary structures. From these studies it is concluded that amino acids 48-104 make specific contacts with the mRNA, although residues 105-177 (out of 205) are required to observe the same toeprint pattern as full-length protein and may stabilize a specific portion of the mRNA structure. These results parallel ribosomal RNA binding properties of similar fragments (Conrad, R. C., and Craven, G. R. (1987) Nucleic Acids Res. 15, 10331-10343, and references therein). It appears that the same protein domain is responsible for both mRNA and rRNA binding activities.

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NameUniProt ID
30S ribosomal protein S4P0A7V8Details