Further evidence that ribavirin interacts with eIF4E. Comment Review uri icon



  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Recombinant Proteins

MeSH Major

  • Eukaryotic Initiation Factor-4E
  • Ribavirin


  • This commentary discusses the recent reports in RNA by Yan and colleagues and Westman and colleagues of the apparent failure of ribavirin to bind to recombinant eIF4E and inhibit 7-methyl guanosine cap-dependent exogenous mRNA translation of cell extracts in vitro. Measuring binding by using affinity chromatography of matrix-immobilized proteins and by using protein emission fluorescence spectroscopy in the presence of nucleotide ligands, as well as limitations of using cell extracts for the assessment of mechanisms of mRNA translation are discussed. Possible reasons for the discordant findings of Yan and colleagues and Westman and colleagues are suggested, and direct observation of the specific binding of ribavirin to eIF4E by using mass spectrometry is presented.

publication date

  • December 2005

has subject area

  • Eukaryotic Initiation Factor-4E
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Ribavirin



  • Comment
  • Journal Article
  • Review



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC1370864

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1261/rna.2238705

PubMed ID

  • 16251386

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1762

end page

  • 1766


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