Tertiary structure of tRNA

The two lateral loops fold back on each other to form an inverted "L" shape, with the anticodon loop below. This allows the aminoacyl tRNA synthetase to bind both the anticodon loop [below]and the amino acceptor stem [above, right].

Figure © 2012 TA Brown, Introduction to Genetics (1st ed.); additional text © 2014 by Steven M. Carr