The end of the beginning: structural studies of ribosomal proteins

Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2000 Dec;10(6):633-6. doi: 10.1016/s0959-440x(00)00143-3.


Work on the structural biology of ribosomes has progressed rapidly over the past few years. It has come to a stage at which the structures of the individual components are no longer of interest, except for those that still present ambiguous information about their structure because of conformational dynamics, as well as for those that show very little homology with their counterparts from other species or other kingdoms. The recently solved structure of protein L7/L12 and its proposed modes of dimerization have helped to understand the structural flexibility of this protein, which occurs as two dimers in the ribosome. The structure provides a missing link for many previous biochemical and functional studies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • Protein Conformation
  • Ribosomal Proteins / chemistry*


  • Ribosomal Proteins