Translation: Ribosomes make sweeping arrests

February 16th, 2016 by Diego A Alonzo

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 127 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2027

Authors: Diego A Alonzo & T Martin Schmeing

The arrest peptides that function with the macrolide antibiotic erythromycin stall translating ribosomes in the presence of the antibiotic, leading to remodeling of the downstream mRNA and enhancement of the translation of resistance genes. Current work suggests that small changes in the nascent peptide dictate the ability of ribosomes to respond to this and other small molecules.