Structural Studies of the Functional Complexes of the 50S and 70S Ribosome, a Major Antibiotic Target

  • Thomas A. Steitz
  • Gregor Blaha
  • C. Axel Innis
  • Robin Evans Stanley
  • David Bulkley
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series A: Chemistry and Biology book series (NAPSA)


Our crystal structure of the Haloarcula marismortui ( 50S ribosomal subunit and its complexes with substrates and antibiotics have illuminated the mechanism of peptide bond formation and its inhibition by antibiotics. Our structures of the Thermus thermophilus ( 70S ribosome complexed with tRNAs, protein factor EF-P or antibiotics have also provided insights into their mechanisms of action. We conclude that the CCA ends of the A- and P-site tRNAs bind to the 70S ribosome as the CCA fragments bind to the 50S subunit; macrolide antibiotics bind to the 70S ribosome as they bind to the 50S subunit; EF-P binds to the 70S ribosome adjacent to and interacting with a P-site tRNA, and cryoEM maps of a 70S ribosome bound to a peptidyl-tRNA containing an arresting sequence shows an extended polypeptide interacting with the tunnel wall.


Ribosomal Subunit Macrolide Antibiotic Peptide Bond Formation Initiator tRNA Peptidyl Transferase Center 
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This work was supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health grant GM 022778 to T.A.S.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas A. Steitz
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Gregor Blaha
    • 1
  • C. Axel Innis
    • 1
  • Robin Evans Stanley
    • 1
    • 4
  • David Bulkley
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Biophysics and BiochemistryYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Howard Hughes Medical InstituteNew HavenUSA
  4. 4.NIDDK, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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