Structural Studies on Transfer RNA: The Molecular Conformation in Solution

Science  19 Dec 1969:
Vol. 166, Issue 3912, pp. 1528-1530
DOI: 10.1126/science.166.3912.1528


Small-angle x-ray scattering curves from four different species of transfer RNA in solution indicate that the molecules are of very similar size and shape. A model which has regions of the molecule folded tightly around a long helical core gives good agreement with the observed scattering curves.