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7th International Conference and Exhibition on Bacteriology & Antibiotics

Vancouver, Canada

Akira Kaji

Akira Kaji

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Title: Role of Ribosome Recycling Factor in Translational Coupling as ribosome releasing factor


Biography: Akira Kaji


Ribosome recycling factor (RRF) is known to catalyze three separate reactions: release of tRNA, release of mRNA, and splitting of the ribosome. We used E. coli harboring temperature sensitive (ts) RRF and followed downstream reading of translationally coupled ORF. At the non-permissive temperature, ribosomes remained on the termination codon of the junction sequence (UAAUG) of coupled ORFs and translated downstream ORF. When upstream ORF was short, translation of the downstream reading was abolished, suggesting that the ribosomes released by RRF are moving toward the Shine-Dalgarno (SD) sequence of the upstream ORF. Thermal frame shift at the stop codon was also stopped by the upstream SD sequence. Our data suggest that the ribosome-bound mRNA may take a secondary structure around the junction sequence. For in vitro studies, we used mRNA that incorporated different radioactively labeled amino acids based on frameshift at the junction sequence of two translationally coupled ORFs. In the absence of RRF, the ribosome stayed on the mRNA and translated in frame with the termination codon UAA. In the presence of RRF, amino acid incorporation occurred in frame with the start codon AUG. This suggests that RRF releases the ribosome from UAA and the released ribosome binds to AUG and begins translation. With the use of tethered, unsplittable ribosomes (Ribo-T), we showed that complete ribosomal splitting is not required for the action of RRF in translational coupling. Therefore, the main role of RRF in translational coupling appears to be the release of ribosomes from mRNA.