Published on April 17, 2007 in FEBS Lett volume 581.
PubMed ID: 17382321
Yeast tRNA (m(7)G46) methyltransferase contains two protein subunits (Trm8 and Trm82). To address the RNA recognition mechanism of the Trm8-Trm82 complex, we investigated methyl acceptance activities of eight truncated yeast tRNA(Phe) transcripts. Both the D-stem and T-stem structures were required for efficient methyl-transfer. To clarify the role of the D-stem structure, we tested four mutant transcripts, in which tertiary base pairs were disrupted. The tertiary base pairs were important but not essential for the methyl-transfer to yeast tRNA(Phe) transcript, suggesting that these base pairs support the induced fit of the G46 base into the catalytic pocket.