Evidence for similar structural organization of the multienzyme aminoacyl- tRNA synthetase complex in vivo and in vitro

V. V. Filonenko, M. P. Deutscher

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Abstract

Although aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases from higher eukaryotic cells are routinely isolated as components of a multienzyme complex, it has remained unclear how closely the isolated complex reflects a structure that exists within the cell. To answer this question, we have used chemical cross-linking and immunological detection to identify the nearest neighbor(s) of arginyl-tRNA synthetase both in the isolated, purified complex and in saponin-permeabilized cells, which retain much of the structural organization of intact cells. Our results show that arginyl-tRNA synthetase is cross-linked primarily both in vitro and in vivo to a single protein, an as yet uncharacterized 38-kDa polypeptide known to be present in synthetase complexes from many sources. These data demonstrate that the isolated, multienzyme aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase complex reflects a defined structure that also pre-exists in the cell and that the 38-kDa polypeptide is an integral component of this complex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17375-17378
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume269
Issue number26
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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