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Protein synthesis

Translocation in slow motion

Time-resolved electron microscopy can capture structural changes in active macromolecular complexes, but detailed imaging is essential. The dynamics of one step in protein synthesis has been deduced from two million images.

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Figure 1: Movement back and forth along the ribosome.

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Ehrenberg, M. Translocation in slow motion. Nature 466, 325–326 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/466325a

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