Use of the novel technique of analytical ultracentrifugation with fluorescence detection system identifies a 77S monosomal translation complex


A fundamental problem in proteomics is the identification of protein complexes and their components. We have used analytical ultracentrifugation with a fluorescence detection system (AU‐FDS) to precisely and rapidly identify translation complexes in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Following a one‐step affinity purification of either poly(A)‐binding protein (PAB1) or the large ribosomal subunit protein RPL25A in conjunction with GFP‐tagged yeast proteins/RNAs, we have detected a 77S translation complex that contains the 80S ribosome, mRNA, and components of the closed‐loop structure, eIF4E, eIF4G, and PAB1. This 77S structure, not readily observed previously, is consistent with the monosomal translation complex. The 77S complex abundance decreased with translational defects and following the stress of glucose deprivation that causes translational stoppage. By quantitating the abundance of the 77S complex in response to different stress conditions that block translation initiation, we observed that the stress of glucose deprivation affected translation initiation primarily by operating through a pathway involving the mRNA cap binding protein eIF4E whereas amino acid deprivation, as previously known, acted through the 43S complex. High salt conditions (1M KCl) and robust heat shock acted at other steps. The presumed sites of translational blockage caused by these stresses coincided with the types of stress granules, if any, which are subsequently formed.


Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences

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Protein Science



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