A single base substitution in the variable pocket of yeast tRNA(Arg) eliminates species-specific aminoacylation.


Journal Article

Early biochemical data showed that aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases often displayed species-specific recognition of tRNA. We compared the ability of purified Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Escherichia coli arginyl-tRNA synthetases to aminoacylate native and transcribed yeast tRNA(Arg) as well as E. coli tRNA(Arg). The kinetic data revealed that yeast ArgRS could charge E. coli tRNA(Arg), but at a lower efficiency than it charged either the transcribed or native yeast tRNA(Arg). E. coli ArgRS can acylate only its cognate E. coli tRNA. Strikingly, a single base change from C to A at position 20 in yeast tRNA(3)(Arg) altered the species specificity. The transcript of yeast tRNA(3)(Arg)CA20 mutant was aminoacylated by E. coli ArgRS with a 10(6) increase in k(cat)/K(m) over that for aminoacylation of yeast tRNA(3)(Arg) transcript. This indicates that A20 is not only an important identity of E. coli tRNA(Arg), but is also the key to altering species-specific aminoacylation of yeast tRNA(Arg).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Liu, W; Huang, Y; Eriani, G; Gangloff, J; Wang, E; Wang, Y

Published Date

  • December 27, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1473 / 2-3

Start / End Page

  • 356 - 362

PubMed ID

  • 10594373

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10594373

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-3002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0304-4165(99)00143-9


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands