The complete primary structure of ribosomal proteins L1, L14, L15, L23, L24 and L29 from Bacillus stearothermophilus


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The amino acid sequences of ribosomal proteins L1, L14, L15, L23, L24 and L29 from Bacillus stearothermophilus have been completely determined. This has been achieved by sequence analyses of peptides derived from enzymatic digestions of the proteins with trypsin, chymotrypsin, pepsin, Staphylococcus aureus protease, and Armillaria mellea protease as well as by chemical cleavage with hydroxylamine and cyanogen bromide. Based on the primary structures of the six proteins, their secondary structures were predicted using four different computer prediction programs. A comparison of the amino acid sequences of the studied proteins from B. stearothermophilus with the homologous proteins from Escherichia coli revealed that in four proteins (L1, L15, L24 and L29) between 40–50% of the residue in the sequences are identical, whereas this value is significantly higher (69%) for L14 and lower (28%) for L23. The distribution of those amino acid residues which are identical in the corresponding proteins from the two bacteria is not random along the protein chain: some regions are highly conserved whereas others are not. This finding indicates that the regions which are conserved during evolution are important for the spatial structure and/or function of the protein.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-497
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Biochemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1985


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  • Biochemistry

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