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Integrity of the P-site is probed during maturation of the 60S ribosomal subunit.

Eukaryotic ribosomes are preassembled in the nucleus and mature in the cytoplasm. Release of the antiassociation factor Tif6 by the translocase-like guanosine triphosphatase Efl1 is a critical late maturation step. In this paper, we show that a loop of Rpl10 that embraces the P-site transfer ribonucleic acid was required for release of Tif6, 90 Å away. Mutations in this P-site loop blocked 60S maturation but were suppressed by mutations in Tif6 or Efl1. Molecular dynamics simulations of the mutant Efl1 proteins suggest that they promote a conformation change in Efl1 equivalent to changes that elongation factor G and eEF2 undergo during translocation. These results identify molecular signaling from the P-site to Tif6 via Efl1, suggesting that the integrity of the P-site is interrogated during maturation. We propose that Efl1 promotes a functional check of the integrity of the 60S subunit before its first round of translation.

Pubmed ID: 22689654


  • Bussiere C
  • Hashem Y
  • Arora S
  • Frank J
  • Johnson AW


The Journal of cell biology

Publication Data

June 11, 2012

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: GM53655
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R01 GM029169
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R01 GM29169
  • Agency: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Id:

Mesh Terms

  • Catalytic Domain
  • Cell Nucleus
  • GTP Phosphohydrolases
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulation
  • Mutation
  • Protein Conformation
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Ribosomal Proteins
  • Ribosome Subunits, Large, Eukaryotic
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins