FEBS Letters, 348. pp. 233-238.
E. coli P48 protein is homologous to the SRP54 component of the eukaryotic signal recognition particle. In vivo, P48 is associated with 4.5S RNA which shares a homology with eukaryotic SRP RNA. To study the interaction between P48 and 4.5S RNA in vitro, we used 4.5S RNA with fluorescein coupled to the 3'-terminal ribose. Upon binding of P48, the fluorescent 4.5S RNA shows a substantial decrease in fluorescence. Fluorescence quenching as well as anisotropy measurements reveal that the effect is not due to a direct interaction of P48 with the dye. This suggests that the binding of P48 induces a conformational change in 4.5S RNA which affects the structure at the 3' end of the RNA. From equilibrium titrations with fluorescent 4.5S RNA, a dissociation constant of 0.15 microns is obtained for the RNA.protein complex. The formation of the complex is not affected by GTP binding to or hydrolysis by P48.
|Journal or Publication Title:||FEBS Letters|
|Page Range:||pp. 233-238|
|Faculties / Institutes:||Service facilities > Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg|
|Subjects:||570 Life sciences|
|Schriftenreihe ID:||Works by Bernhard Dobberstein|