Ribosome profiling analysis of eEF3-depleted Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Sci Rep. 2019 Feb 28;9(1):3037. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-39403-y.


In addition to the standard set of translation factors common in eukaryotic organisms, protein synthesis in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae requires an ABCF ATPase factor eEF3, eukaryotic Elongation Factor 3. eEF3 is an E-site binder that was originally identified as an essential factor involved in the elongation stage of protein synthesis. Recent biochemical experiments suggest an additional function of eEF3 in ribosome recycling. We have characterised the global effects of eEF3 depletion on translation using ribosome profiling. Depletion of eEF3 results in decreased ribosome density at the stop codon, indicating that ribosome recycling does not become rate limiting when eEF3 levels are low. Consistent with a defect in translation elongation, eEF3 depletion causes a moderate redistribution of ribosomes towards the 5' part of the open reading frames. We observed no E-site codon- or amino acid-specific ribosome stalling upon eEF3 depletion, supporting its role as a general elongation factor. Surprisingly, depletion of eEF3 leads to a relative decrease in P-site proline stalling, which we hypothesise is a secondary effect of generally decreased translation and/or decreased competition for the E-site with eIF5A.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acids / genetics
  • Binding Sites / genetics
  • Codon, Terminator / genetics
  • Open Reading Frames / genetics
  • Peptide Elongation Factors / genetics
  • Protein Biosynthesis / genetics
  • Ribosomes / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / genetics*


  • Amino Acids
  • Codon, Terminator
  • Peptide Elongation Factors
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins