Reconstitution of a Minimal Small Ribosomal Subunit
It is appropriate that at a meeting dedicated to H. G. Wittmann we should emphasize comparative studies of the three-dimensional structure of the ribosome since he and his collaborators have made such important contributions to this field. In this paper we present data detailing the first isolation of small mitochondrial ribosomal subunits from the hemoflagellate Leishmania tarentolae. Their structure is interesting because these are the smallest ribosomes yet found (their small subunit rRNA sediments at 9S and is only 610 nucleotides long). We also show that particles similar in structure to these small subunits can be reconstituted from in vitro transcribed mitochondrial 9S rRNA and E. coli proteins.
KeywordsSucrose Phenol Amide Heparin Sedimentation
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