Three 5S rRNA-binding ribosomal proteins (L5, L18, TL5) of extremely thermophilic bacterium Thermus thermophilus have earlier been isolated. Structural analysis of their complexes with rRNA requires identification of their binding sites in the 5S rRNA. Previously, a TL5-binding site has been identified, a TL5-RNA complex crystallized, and its structure determined to 2.3 Å. The sites for L5 and L18 were characterized, and two corresponding 5S rRNA fragments constructed. Of these, a 34-nt fragment specifically interacted with L5, and a 55-nt fragment interacted with L5, L18, and with both proteins. The 34-nt fragment-L5 complex was crystallized; the crystals are suitable for high-resolution X-ray analysis.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology