Genetic code redundancy would yield, on the average, the assignment of three codons for each of the natural amino acids. The fact that this number is observed only for incorporating Ile and to stop RNA translation still waits for an overall explanation. Through a Structural Bioinformatics approach, the wealth of information stored in the Protein Data Bank has been used here to look for unambiguous clues to decipher the rationale of standard genetic code (SGC) in assigning from one to six different codons for amino acid translation. Leu and Arg, both protected from translational errors by six codons, offer the clearest clue by appearing as the most abundant amino acids in protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interfaces. Other SGC hidden messages have been sought by analyzing, in a protein structure framework, the roles of over- and under-protected amino acids.

GARDINI, S., Cheli, S., BARONI, S., Lascio, G.D., MANGIAVACCHI, G., MICHELETTI, N., et al. (2016). On nature's strategy for assigning genetic code multiplicity. PLOS ONE, 11(2), e0148174 [10.1371/journal.pone.0148174].

On nature's strategy for assigning genetic code multiplicity

GARDINI, SIMONE;BARONI, SILVIA;MANGIAVACCHI, GUIDO;MICHELETTI, NICHOLAS;MONACO, CARMEN LUIGIA;SAVINI, LORENZO;ALOCCI, DAVIDE;MANGANI, STEFANO;NICCOLAI, NERI
2016

Abstract

Genetic code redundancy would yield, on the average, the assignment of three codons for each of the natural amino acids. The fact that this number is observed only for incorporating Ile and to stop RNA translation still waits for an overall explanation. Through a Structural Bioinformatics approach, the wealth of information stored in the Protein Data Bank has been used here to look for unambiguous clues to decipher the rationale of standard genetic code (SGC) in assigning from one to six different codons for amino acid translation. Leu and Arg, both protected from translational errors by six codons, offer the clearest clue by appearing as the most abundant amino acids in protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interfaces. Other SGC hidden messages have been sought by analyzing, in a protein structure framework, the roles of over- and under-protected amino acids.
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