Approaches for Studying Ribosome Specialization

Citation:

Emmott E, Jovanovic M, Slavov N. Approaches for Studying Ribosome Specialization. Trends in Biochemical Sciences [Internet]. 2019;44 (5) :478 - 479.

Abstract:

Contrary to the textbook model, recent measurements demonstrated unexpected diversity in ribosomal composition that likely enables specialized translational functions. Methods based on liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass-spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) enable direct quantification of ribosomal proteins with high specificity, accuracy, and throughput. LC-MS/MS can be ‘top-down’, analyzing intact proteins, or more commonly ‘bottom-up’, where proteins are digested to peptides prior to analysis. Changes to rRNA can be examined using either LC-MS/MS or sequencing-based approaches. The regulation of protein synthesis by specialized ribosomes can be examined by multiple methods. These include the popular ‘Ribo-Seq’ method for analyzing ribosome density on a given mRNA, as well as LC-MS/MS approaches incorporating pulse-labelling with stable isotopes (SILAC) to monitor protein synthesis and degradation.

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