Essential role of Histidine 92 in elongation factor-G in GTP hydrolysis and inorganic phosphate release during elongation of protein synthesis
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The histidine (H) residue at the apex of switch II is conserved in all translational GTPases. Thishistidine (H92) in elongation factor G (EF-G) has been implicated in GTP hydrolysis andinorganic phosphate (pi) release similar to H85 in elongation factor-Tu (EF-Tu). Mutagenesis ofH92 to alanine (A) and glutamic acid (E) showed different degrees of defect in different steps ofelongation. While H92A was ~7 times slower than wild type EF-G in ribosome mediated GTPhydrolysis, it was 100 times slower in both pi release and tRNA translocation. The H92E mutant,on the other hand, was 100 times slower in all these steps. Both mutants were significantlydefective (~1000 times slower) in tripeptide formation that which requires dissociation of EF-Gfrom the post-translocation state. Thus, our results indicate that GTP hydrolysis takes place priorto tRNA translocation, whereas Pi release occurs probably after or independent of thetranslocation step. Since translocation involves back ratcheting of the ribosomal subunits ourresults suggest that there is a cross-talk between GTP hydrolysis by EF-G and ribosomal subunitrotation. We further confirm that Pi release is essential for the next round of elongation.
Research subject Molecular Biology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-207882OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-207882DiVA: diva2:650221