The "clover-leaf" model of transfer RNA (tRNA)

The functionally important portions of the structure are the anticodon loop and the amino acid binding stem. The remainder of the structure serves to place these two regions in the proper relation with the aminoacyl synthetase.

Figures © 2000 by Klug & Cummings, and © 2000 by Griffiths et al. ; text © 2010 by Steven M. Carr