RNA Therapeutics Institute; Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Biochemistry | Biophysics | Structural Biology
Internal ribosome entry sites (IRESs) mediate cap-independent translation of viral mRNAs. Using electron cryo-microscopy of a single specimen, we present five ribosome structures formed with the Taura syndrome virus IRES and translocase eEF2*GTP bound with sordarin. The structures suggest a trajectory of IRES translocation, required for translation initiation, and provide an unprecedented view of eEF2 dynamics. The IRES rearranges from extended to bent to extended conformations. This inchworm-like movement is coupled with ribosomal inter-subunit rotation and 40S head swivel. eEF2, attached to the 60S subunit, slides along the rotating 40S subunit to enter the A site. Its diphthamide-bearing tip at domain IV separates the tRNA-mRNA-like pseudoknot I (PKI) of the IRES from the decoding center. This unlocks 40S domains, facilitating head swivel and biasing IRES translocation via hitherto-elusive intermediates with PKI captured between the A and P sites. The structures suggest missing links in our understanding of tRNA translocation.
IRES, S. cerevisiae, Taura syndrome virus, biochemistry, biophysics, elongation factor eEF2, internal ribosome entry site, ribosome, structural biology, translocation
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Elife. 2016 May 9;5. pii: e14874. doi: 10.7554/eLife.14874. Link to article on publisher's site
Abeyrathne PD, Koh CS, Grant T, Grigorieff N, Korostelev AA. (2016). Ensemble cryo-EM uncovers inchworm-like translocation of a viral IRES through the ribosome. Open Access Publications by UMMS Authors. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.14874. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/oapubs/2841
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