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Ribosome dynamics: Progress in the characterization of mRNA-tRNA translocation by cryo-electron microscopy

  • Joachim Frank


The ribosome is a highly complex molecular machine performing protein synthesis in all forms of life with an amazing degree of accuracy. Knowledge of its atomic structure, the result of pioneering work now honored by the award of the Nobel Prize, has prepared us for the next stage of inquiry, with the focus on the dynamics of the system. Key to understanding the mechanism of protein synthesis is provided by experimental data informing us about the ribosome’s conformational changes and dynamic interactions with its functional ligands, mRNA, tRNA, EF-G and EF-Tu during the elongation cycle.


Elongation Cycle Ribosome Complex Brownian Ratchet Electron Cryomicroscopy Flexible Fitting 
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