The Ribosome as a Phylogenetic Probe

  • A. T. Matheson
  • M. Yaguchi

Abstract

The ribosome, because of its unique role in protein synthesis, is a ubiquitous cell organelle. Its structural components, the ribosomal proteins (r-proteins) and ribosomal RNA (rRNA), have proved to be valuable phylogenetic probes (see Woese and Fox 1977, Matheson et al. 1980 a, Osawa and Hori 1980). The results of studies by Woese’s group using 16 S rRNA sequence data from over 170 individual species has led to some radical and controversial concepts of cellular evolution (see Doolittle 1980), by challenging the concept of only two kingdoms, the eucaryotes and the procaryotes. Instead this group proposes three kingdoms or lines of descent, the eubacteria (true bacteria), the archaebacteria, and the nuclear-cytoplasmic component of the eucaryotic cell.

Keywords

Bacillus Methionine Ethidium Chloramphenicol Ather 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. T. Matheson
    • 1
  • M. Yaguchi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and MicrobiologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Division of Biological SciencesNational Research Council of CanadaOttawaCanada

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