The working ribosome

Date:9 February 2010

Researchers have for the first time used the computer as a microscope to get a clearer picture of the dynamics of the ribosome, which is perhaps the cell's most essential, and most complex, molecular machine.


This movie depicts the simulated translocation of a growing protein (in green) from the ribosomal exit tunnel into the channel of SecY. The ribosome is pictured in blue. SecY is gray, orange and yellow.

Video credit: Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, University of Illinois Beckman Insitute


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