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Ribosomal RNA

  1. Denis LJ Lafontaine1,
  2. David Tollervey2

Published Online: 24 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003832



How to Cite

Lafontaine, D. L. and Tollervey, D. 2006. Ribosomal RNA. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institut de Biologie et de Médecine Moléculaires, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

  2. 2

    Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2006


All proteins are synthesized by ribosomes, large ribonucleic acid (RNA)–protein complexes that are the targets of several clinically relevant antibiotics. Ribosomes contain highly conserved ribosomal RNA (rRNA) species, which catalyse the key steps in protein synthesis, together with 70–80 proteins that play important roles in the correct folding and packaging of the rRNAs.


  • ribosome;
  • rRNA;
  • translation;
  • pre-rRNA;
  • RNA processing;
  • snoRNAs