Structural Studies on Transfer RNA: Preliminary Crystallographic Analysis

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Science  19 Dec 1969:
Vol. 166, Issue 3912, pp. 1530-1532
DOI: 10.1126/science.166.3912.1530


Single-crystal diffraction patterns from Escherichia coli leucine tRNA and yeast formylmethionine tRNA show a tetragonal lattice for the former, with a = 46 Å and c = 137 Å, and a hexagonal lattice for the latter, with a = 115 Å and c = 137 Å. Initial analysis suggests a molecule with a long, double helix parallel to the c-axis for both crystals.

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