Identification of the oligonucleotide and oligopeptide involved in an RNA-protein crosslink induced by ultraviolet irradiation of Escherichia coli 30 S ribosomal subunits

Klaus Möller, Christian Zwieb, Richard Brimacombe

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When 30 S ribosomal subunits are irradiated with ultraviolet light, we have found that an RNA-protein crosslinking reaction occurs whose primary target is protein S7. This paper describes the identification of the oligopeptide and oligonucleotide at the crosslinking point, by direct analysis (a) of the peptide remaining attached to an oligonucleotide (after total digestion of the RNA in the crosslinked complex with ribonucleases A and T1, followed by digestion with trypsin), and (b) of the nucleotides remaining attached to the crosslinked protein (after digestion of the RNA in the complex with ribonuclease T1 alone). The crosslinking site was found to lie within a single short peptide, Ser-Met-Ala-Leu-Arg (positions 113 to 117 in the S7 sequence), with methionine as the probable amino acid concerned. The principal RNA site was found to lie within an oligonucleotide three to six bases long, the underlined portion of the partially ordered sequence C-U-A-C-A-A-U-G.G.C-G in section P of the 16 S RNA. The methodology involved has been designed with a view to being generally applicable in future RNA-protein crosslinking studies, where several proteins are simultaneously attached to the RNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-506
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 15 1978
Externally publishedYes


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  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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