Structural Elements of the 50 S Subunit of E. coli Ribosomes

  • Roland P. May
  • Heinrich B. Stuhrmann
  • Knud H. Nierhaus
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 27)


The ribosome, the smallest cell organelle in all living cells, translates the genetic information which is coded as a sequence of four different nucleotides in nucleic acids (DNA and mRNA) into the sequence of the 20 different amino acids of proteins. Each triplet of nucleotides (codon) corresponds either to an amino acid or to a processing signal for the ribosome. Most of the investigations concerning protein biosynthesis are performed on the ribosome of the bacterium Escherichia coli. The main structural features of the E. coli ribosome are summarized in Table 1.


Ribosomal Subunit Label Protein Scatter Length Density Label Component Scattering Length Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roland P. May
    • 1
  • Heinrich B. Stuhrmann
    • 2
  • Knud H. Nierhaus
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut Laue-LangevinGrenoble CedexFrance
  2. 2.European Molecular Biology LaboratoryOutstation Hamburg DESYHamburgWest Germany
  3. 3.Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare GenetikBerlin 33 (Dahlem)West Germany

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