Interplay between an ATP-binding cassette F protein and the ribosome from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Academic Article uri icon


  • EttA, energy-dependent translational throttle A, is a ribosomal factor that gates ribosome entry into the translation elongation cycle. A detailed understanding of its mechanism of action is limited due to the lack of high-resolution structures along its ATPase cycle. Here we present the cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structures of EttA from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), referred to as MtbEttA, in complex with the Mtb 70S ribosome initiation complex (70SIC) at the pre-hydrolysis (ADPNP) and transition (ADP-VO4) states, and the crystal structure of MtbEttA alone in the post-hydrolysis (ADP) state. We observe that MtbEttA binds the E-site of the Mtb 70SIC, remodeling the P-site tRNA and the ribosomal intersubunit bridge B7a during the ribosomal ratcheting. In return, the rotation of the 30S causes conformational changes in MtbEttA, forcing the two nucleotide-binding sites (NBSs) to alternate to engage each ADPNP in the pre-hydrolysis states, followed by complete engagements of both ADP-VO4 molecules in the ATP-hydrolysis transition states. In the post-hydrolysis state, the conserved ATP-hydrolysis motifs of MtbEttA dissociate from both ADP molecules, leaving two nucleotide-binding domains (NBDs) in an open conformation. These structures reveal a dynamic interplay between MtbEttA and the Mtb ribosome, providing insights into the mechanism of translational regulation by EttA-like proteins.

published proceedings

  • Nat Commun

altmetric score

  • 9.4

author list (cited authors)

  • Cui, Z., Li, X., Shin, J., Gamper, H., Hou, Y., Sacchettini, J. C., & Zhang, J.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Cui, Zhicheng||Li, Xiaojun||Shin, Joonyoung||Gamper, Howard||Hou, Ya-Ming||Sacchettini, James C||Zhang, Junjie

publication date

  • January 2022