Characterization of translational initiation sites in E. coli

Nucleic Acids Res. 1982 May 11;10(9):2971-96. doi: 10.1093/nar/10.9.2971.


We characterize the Shine and Dalgarno sequence of 124 known gene beginnings. This information is used to make "rules" which help distinguish gene beginning from other sites in a library of over 78,000 bases of mRNA. Gene beginnings are found to have information besides the initiation codon and Shine and Dalgarno sequence which can be used to make better "rules".

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Base Composition
  • Base Sequence
  • Codon / genetics
  • Escherichia coli / genetics*
  • Models, Genetic
  • Peptide Chain Initiation, Translational*
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics*
  • RNA, Ribosomal / genetics
  • Ribosomes / metabolism


  • Codon
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA, Ribosomal