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Title:Investigation of Ribosome Structure and Ribosome-Transfer Rna Interaction Using T4 Rna Ligase
Author(s):Rose, Samuel Jahile, Iii
Department / Program:Biochemistry
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Chemistry, Biochemistry
Abstract:T4 RNA ligase can be used to alter the sequence of E. coli ribosomal RNAs in the intact polyribosome, ribosome and subunits. This enzyme will catalyze the addition of a 3',5'-bisphosphate onto the 3' terminus of rRNAs resulting the rRNA molecules one nucleotide longer with a 3' phosphate. The RNA ligase catalyzed addition of radioactively labeled cytidine 3',5'-bisphosphate has been used to probe the availability of the 3' ends of rRNAs in the ribosome under varying conditions.
T4 RNA ligase can also be used to synthesize the fifteen nucleotide long anticodon arm region of yeast tRNA('phe) complete with modified nucleotides and a four base pair helical stem. This anticodon arm was examined with respect to binding the 30S subunit and 70S ribosome of E. coli compared to whole yeast tRNA('phe). Equilibrium binding constants were derived under various binding conditions using two different assay methods. The effect of varying the mRNA length and sequence and varying the nucleotide sequence of the synthetic anticodon arm upon the binding constant was examined. It has been shown that an intact base paired stem is necessary for the binding of the anticodon arm to the 30S subunit.
Issue Date:1981
Description:137 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8127682
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-14
Date Deposited:1981

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