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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Discovery of a small molecule that inhibits bacterial ribosome biogenesis

    Jonathan M Stokes et al.
    The anticonvulsant drug lamotrigine inhibits bacterial ribosome biogenesis and reveals an unexplored role for initiation factor 2 (IF2) in ribosome assembly.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Ribosomes slide on lysine-encoding homopolymeric A stretches

    Kristin S Koutmou et al.
    Ribosomes undergo an unanticipated movement (‘sliding’) while translating homopolymeric A sequences, which provides a biochemical rationale for the observation that iterated AAA codons are under-represented in gene-coding sequences.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Real-time observation of signal recognition particle binding to actively translating ribosomes

    Thomas R Noriega et al.
    The signal recognition particle only stably engages translating ribosome nascent-chain complexes exposing a functional signal sequence.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    The Rqc2/Tae2 subunit of the ribosome-associated quality control (RQC) complex marks ribosome-stalled nascent polypeptide chains for aggregation

    Ryo Yonashiro et al.
    Rqc2-mediated modification of ribosome-stalled nascent chains with "CAT tails" promotes formation of insoluble aggregates suggesting that proteins can become specifically marked for aggregation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    A combined quantitative mass spectrometry and electron microscopy analysis of ribosomal 30S subunit assembly in E. coli

    Dipali G Sashital et al.
    Comprehensive structural and compositional characterization of the in vivo 30S ribosomal assembly landscape reveals parallel pathways for 3′-domain formation and a previously unknown role for the assembly factor RimP.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Cdc48/p97 promotes degradation of aberrant nascent polypeptides bound to the ribosome

    Rati Verma et al.
    The enzyme that collaborates with ubiquitin ligases to promote the release of defective polypeptides from stalled ribosomes in a process named ribosome-associated degradations has been identified as the ATPase Cdc48.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cryo-EM visualization of the ribosome in termination complex with apo-RF3 and RF1

    Jesper Pallesen et al.
    Cryo-electron microscopy has been used to provide a structural interpretation of the complete action cycle of release factor 3 during translation termination, which includes a coordinated sequence of interactions with a class-I release factor and the ribosome.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Ribosome surface properties may impose limits on the nature of the cytoplasmic proteome

    Paul E Schavemaker et al.
    The diffusion coefficients of proteins in the cytoplasm depend on their net charge and the distribution of charge over the protein surface, with positive proteins moving up to 100-fold slower because they bind to ribosomes.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Prefabrication of a ribosomal protein subcomplex essential for eukaryotic ribosome formation

    Cohue Peña et al.
    The ATPase Fap7 prefabricates a uS11:eS26 ribosomal protein complex for ribosome assembly.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cryo-EM structure of the Plasmodium falciparum 80S ribosome bound to the anti-protozoan drug emetine

    Wilson Wong et al.
    The molecular mechanism behind how emetine inhibits the ribosome of the human malaria parasite, along with structural details of the complex formed, is revealed at high resolution using cryo-electron microscopy.