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Ribosome structure

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(a) A model for the structure of the ribosome based on X-ray diffraction studies, showing the large and small subunits and the major binding sites. The rRNA is shown in grey (large subunit) and light blue (small subunit), while the ribosomal proteins are violet (large subunit) and dark blue (small subunit). (b) A schematic model emphasizing functional sites in the ribosome and showing bound mRNA and tRNA with an attached polypeptide.
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