The mRNA is bound to by a ribosomal complex. This complex reads the mRNA in the 5’ to 3’ direction, looking for the start codon sequence, which is a signal for the initiation complex to be assembled.
The ribosomal unit that attaches to the mRNA reads this nucleic acid in the 5’ to 3’ direction.
The AUG codon is the classic start codon for translation, and codes for methionine. When this codon is encountered, protein translation starts.
The initiation complex forms, consisting of mRNA, initiator tRNA, small ribosomal subunits, and large ribosomal subunits.
GTP and initiation factor are two proteins that help bring the complex together. They work to do this when they encounter the components of the initiation complex, such as the mRNA, initiator tRNA, small ribosomal subunits and large ribosomal subunits.
Met-tRNA brings the first amino acid because the start codon, AUG, codes for methionine. The tRNA component binds to the P site on the mRNA.
tRNAs bring in matching amino acids, because they have an anti-codon region that matches up to specific mRNA codons. These matching anti-codons have amino acids attached to their 3' tail. In translation, these tRNAs bind to the A site.
In elongation, the amino acid chain is created by joining each of the new amino acids brought in by tRNA.
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