Peptidyl transferase centres of rat and yeast ribosomes. Different response to modification of protein amino groups.
Modification of rat liver ribosomes with dimethylmaleic anhydride, a reagent for protein amino groups, causes a large stimulation of peptidyl transferase activity assayed by the "fragment" reaction, as well as the inactivation of poly(U)-directed polyphenylalanine synthesis. In contrast to rat ribosomes, the peptidyl transferase of yeast ribosomes is little affected by modification. Although other interpretations are not excluded, these results might be due to differences between the peptidyl transferase centres of mammalian and yeast ribosomes.
González, PJ; Hernández, F; Vioque, A; Palacián, E
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