Structural biology. The ribosome is a ribozyme. Journal Article uri icon

Overview

abstract

  • Ribosomes, the cellular factories that manufacture proteins, contain both RNA and protein, but exactly how all of the different ribosomal components contribute toprotein synthesis is still not clear. Now, as Thomas Cech explains in his Perspective, atomic resolution of the structure of the large ribosomal subunit reveals that, as predicted by those convinced of a prebiotic RNA world, RNA is the catalytic component with proteins being the structural units that support and stabilize it (Ban et al., Nissen et al., Muth et al.).

publication date

  • January 1, 2000

Full Author List

  • Cech TR

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 878-9

end page

  • 878-9

volume

  • 289