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Elongation Factors: Bacterial

  1. John Czworkowski

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003932



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Czworkowski, J. 2006. Elongation Factors: Bacterial. eLS. .

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  1. ScienceMedia, Inc., San Diego, California, USA

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  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


Translational elongation factors are extra ribosomal proteins required for the addition of amino acids to the polypeptide being synthesized on the ribosome. Sequence comparisons and high-resolution structural analyses of these proteins in bacteria have revealed striking homologies among them, with important implications for their evolution and function.


  • elongation factors;
  • protein synthesis;
  • translation;
  • ribosomal