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    Probing the dynamic stalk region of the ribosome using solution NMR.

    Wang, X. and Kirkpatrick, J.P. and Launay, H.M.M and de Simone, A. and Häussinger, D. and Dobson, C.M. and Vendruscolo, M. and Cabrita, L.D. and Waudby, C.A. and Christodoulou, John (2019) Probing the dynamic stalk region of the ribosome using solution NMR. Scientific Reports 9 (1), p. 13528. ISSN 2045-2322.


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    We describe an NMR approach based on the measurement of residual dipolar couplings (RDCs) to probe the structural and motional properties of the dynamic regions of the ribosome. Alignment of intact 70S ribosomes in filamentous bacteriophage enabled measurement of RDCs in the mobile C-terminal domain (CTD) of the stalk protein bL12. A structural refinement of this domain using the observed RDCs did not show large changes relative to the isolated protein in the absence of the ribosome, and we also found that alignment of the CTD was almost independent of the presence of the core ribosome particle, indicating that the inter-domain linker has significant flexibility. The nature of this linker was subsequently probed in more detail using a paramagnetic alignment strategy, which revealed partial propagation of alignment between neighbouring domains, providing direct experimental validation of a structural ensemble previously derived from SAXS and NMR relaxation measurements. Our results demonstrate the prospect of better characterising dynamical and functional regions of more challenging macromolecular machines and systems, for example ribosome-nascent chain complexes.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    SWORD Depositor: Mr Joe Tenant
    Depositing User: Mr Joe Tenant
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 16:09
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:55


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