Anticodon-Anticodon Interactions and tRNA Sequence Comparison: Approaches to Codon Recognition

  • H. Grosjean
  • C. Houssier
  • R. Cedergren
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 110)

Abstract

The intricate series of events which produce protein from nucleic acid structural information is called translation. The simplicity of this term largely misrepresents the complexity of the underlying processes which involve precise interactions between many proteins and nucleic acids. Although the importance of the interplay of each component of the system is not well known, it is generally recognized that two molecules play a key role: transfer RNA and its trinucleotide anticodon which recognizes a trinucleotide codon in messenger RNA. There is now ample evidence that the efficiency and accuracy of this system depend on the RNA-RNA and RNA-protein interactions (for a review see ref. 1 and 2). Given the complexity of the ribosomal context in which RNA is decoded we are forced to implement simpler experimental models from which information, hopefully related to the biological system, can be obtained. We present here the tack which has been taken and some critical results which lead to important structural correlations dealing with translation and its control.

Keywords

Codon Adenosine Pyrimidine Purine Nucleoside 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Grosjean
    • 1
  • C. Houssier
    • 2
  • R. Cedergren
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Chimie BiologiqueUniversité Libre de BruxellesRhode St-GenèseBelgique
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Chimie PhysiqueUniversité de Liège Sart-TilmanLiègeBelgique
  3. 3.Département de BiochimieUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada

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