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Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 140, Issue 3, pp 253-274

First online:

The stoichiometry of the ribosomal proteins of Escherichia coli

  • Simon J. S. HardyAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, University of York

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Summary

A ribosome preparation from E. coli made without stringent washing procedures has been shown to contain the same relative amounts of nearly all the ribosomal proteins as ribosomes in intact cells. Stoichiometric measurements on all the proteins of this preparation except for L8, L20, L31 and L34 have been made using an isotope dilution technique. When the scatter of the values obtained, the uncertainty in the molecular weights, and the losses occurring during extraction are taken into account, none of the proteins except L7/L12 is present at a level significantly different from one molecule per ribosome. There are multiple copies of L7/L12. These data suggest that the ribosomes of Escherichia coli are homogeneous in vivo.