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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 17 February 2015, Vol.112(7), pp.E766-75
    Description: Quorum sensing (QS) is a process of cell-to-cell communication that enables bacteria to transition between individual and collective lifestyles. QS controls virulence and biofilm formation in Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of cholera disease. Differential RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) of wild-type V. cholerae and a locked low-cell-density QS-mutant strain identified 7,240 transcriptional start sites with ∼ 47% initiated in the antisense direction. A total of 107 of the transcripts do not appear to encode proteins, suggesting they specify regulatory RNAs. We focused on one such transcript that we name VqmR. vqmR is located upstream of the vqmA gene encoding a DNA-binding transcription factor. Mutagenesis and microarray analyses demonstrate that VqmA activates vqmR transcription, that vqmR encodes a regulatory RNA, and VqmR directly controls at least eight mRNA targets including the rtx (repeats in toxin) toxin genes and the vpsT transcriptional regulator of biofilm production. We show that VqmR inhibits biofilm formation through repression of vpsT. Together, these data provide to our knowledege the first global annotation of the transcriptional start sites in V. cholerae and highlight the importance of posttranscriptional regulation for collective behaviors in this human pathogen.
    Keywords: RNA-Seq ; Vibrio Cholerae ; Biofilm ; Quorum Sensing ; Srna ; Biofilms ; Sequence Analysis, RNA ; RNA, Viral -- Genetics ; Vibrio Cholerae -- Genetics
    ISSN: 00278424
    E-ISSN: 1091-6490
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2011, Vol.108(5), pp.2124-2129
    Description: There has been an increasing interest in cyanobacteria because these photosynthetic organisms convert solar energy into biomass and because of their potential for the production of biofuels. However, the exploitation of cyanobacteria for bioengineering requires knowledge of their transcriptional organization. Using differential RNA sequencing, we have established a genome-wide map of 3,527 transcriptional start sites (TSS) of the model organism Synechocystis sp. PCC6803. One-third of all TSS were located upstream of an annotated gene; another third were on the reverse complementary strand of 866 genes, suggesting massive antisense transcription. Orphan TSS located in intergenic regions led us to predict 314 noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs). Complementary microarray-based RNA profiling verified a high number of noncoding transcripts and identified strong ncRNA regulations. Thus, ~64% of all TSS give rise to antisense or ncRNAs in a genome that is to 87% protein coding. Our data enhance the information on promoters by a factor of 40, suggest the existence of additional small peptide-encoding mRNAs, and provide corrected 5' annotations for many genes of this cyanobacterium. The global TSS map will facilitate the use of Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 as a model organism for further research on photosynthesis and energy research. ; Includes references ; p. 2124-2129.
    Keywords: Transcription (Genetics) -- Physiological Aspects ; Cyanobacteria -- Genetic Aspects ; Genetic Regulation -- Research ; Rna Polymerases -- Properties;
    ISSN: 0027-8424
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 23 November 2010, Vol.107(47), pp.20435-40
    Description: The abundant class of bacterial Hfq-associated small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs) parallels animal microRNAs in their ability to control multiple genes at the posttranscriptional level by short and imperfect base pairing. In contrast to the universal length and seed pairing mechanism of microRNAs, the sRNAs are heterogeneous in size and structure, and how they regulate multiple targets is not well understood. This paper provides evidence that a 5' located sRNA domain is a critical element for the control of a large posttranscriptional regulon. We show that the conserved 5' end of RybB sRNA recognizes multiple mRNAs of Salmonella outer membrane proteins by ≥7-bp Watson-Crick pairing. When fused to an unrelated sRNA, the 5' domain is sufficient to guide target mRNA degradation and maintain σ(E)-dependent envelope homeostasis. RybB sites in mRNAs are often conserved and flanked by 3' adenosine. They are found in a wide sequence window ranging from the upstream untranslated region to the deep coding sequence, indicating that some targets might be repressed at the level of translation, whereas others are repressed primarily by mRNA destabilization. Autonomous 5' domains seem more common in sRNAs than appreciated and might improve the design of synthetic RNA regulators.
    Keywords: Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins -- Metabolism ; Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial -- Genetics ; RNA, Messenger -- Metabolism ; Regulatory Sequences, Ribonucleic Acid -- Genetics ; Regulon -- Genetics ; Salmonella -- Genetics
    ISSN: 00278424
    E-ISSN: 1091-6490
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 28 January 2014, Vol.111(4), pp.E501-10
    Description: Phase variation of hypermutable simple sequence repeats (SSRs) is a widespread and stochastic mechanism to generate phenotypic variation within a population and thereby contributes to host adaptation of bacterial pathogens. Although several examples of SSRs that affect transcription or coding potential have been reported, we now show that a SSR also impacts small RNA-mediated posttranscriptional regulation. Based on in vitro and in vivo analyses, we demonstrate that a variable homopolymeric G-repeat in the leader of the TlpB chemotaxis receptor mRNA of the human pathogen Helicobacter pylori is directly targeted by a small RNA (sRNA), RepG (Regulator of polymeric G-repeats). Whereas RepG sRNA is highly conserved, the tlpB G-repeat length varies among diverse H. pylori strains, resulting in strain-specific RepG-mediated tlpB regulation. Based on modification of the G-repeat length within one strain, we demonstrate that the G-repeat length determines posttranscriptional regulation and can mediate both repression and activation of tlpB through RepG. In vitro translation assays show that this regulation occurs at the translational level and that RepG influences tlpB translation dependent on the G-repeat length. In contrast to the digital ON-OFF switches through frame-shift mutations within coding sequences, such modulation of posttranscriptional regulation allows for a gradual control of gene expression. This connection to sRNA-mediated posttranscriptional regulation might also apply to other genes with SSRs, which could be targeting sites of cis- or trans-encoded sRNAs, and thereby could facilitate host adaptation through sRNA-mediated fine-tuning of virulence gene expression.
    Keywords: Homopolymeric Repeat ; Noncoding RNA ; Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial ; RNA Processing, Post-Transcriptional ; Repetitive Sequences, Nucleic Acid ; Chemotaxis -- Genetics ; Helicobacter Pylori -- Genetics
    ISSN: 00278424
    E-ISSN: 1091-6490
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 01 February 2011, Vol.108(5), pp.2124-9
    Description: There has been an increasing interest in cyanobacteria because these photosynthetic organisms convert solar energy into biomass and because of their potential for the production of biofuels. However, the exploitation of cyanobacteria for bioengineering requires knowledge of their transcriptional organization. Using differential RNA sequencing, we have established a genome-wide map of 3,527 transcriptional start sites (TSS) of the model organism Synechocystis sp. PCC6803. One-third of all TSS were located upstream of an annotated gene; another third were on the reverse complementary strand of 866 genes, suggesting massive antisense transcription. Orphan TSS located in intergenic regions led us to predict 314 noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs). Complementary microarray-based RNA profiling verified a high number of noncoding transcripts and identified strong ncRNA regulations. Thus, ∼64% of all TSS give rise to antisense or ncRNAs in a genome that is to 87% protein coding. Our data enhance the information on promoters by a factor of 40, suggest the existence of additional small peptide-encoding mRNAs, and provide corrected 5' annotations for many genes of this cyanobacterium. The global TSS map will facilitate the use of Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 as a model organism for further research on photosynthesis and energy research.
    Keywords: Transcription, Genetic ; Synechocystis -- Genetics
    ISSN: 00278424
    E-ISSN: 1091-6490
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 22 December 2009, Vol.106(51), pp.21878-82
    Description: Methanosarcina mazei and related mesophilic archaea are the only organisms fermenting acetate, methylamines, and methanol to methane and carbon dioxide, contributing significantly to greenhouse gas production. The biochemistry of these metabolic processes is well studied, and genome sequences are available, yet little is known about the overall transcriptional organization and the noncoding regions representing 25% of the 4.01-Mb genome of M. mazei. We present a genome-wide analysis of transcription start sites (TSS) in M. mazei grown under different nitrogen availabilities. Pyrosequencing-based differential analysis of primary vs. processed 5' ends of transcripts discovered 876 TSS across the M. mazei genome. Unlike in other archaea, in which leaderless mRNAs are prevalent, the majority of the detected mRNAs in M. mazei carry long untranslated 5' regions. Our experimental data predict a total of 208 small RNA (sRNA) candidates, mostly from intergenic regions but also antisense to 5' and 3' regions of mRNAs. In addition, 40 new small mRNAs with ORFs of 〈 or = 30 aa were identified, some of which might have dual functions as mRNA and regulatory sRNA. We confirmed differential expression of several sRNA genes in response to nitrogen availability. Inspection of their promoter regions revealed a unique conserved sequence motif associated with nitrogen-responsive regulation, which might serve as a regulator binding site upstream of the common IIB recognition element. Strikingly, several sRNAs antisense to mRNAs encoding transposases indicate nitrogen-dependent transposition events. This global TSS map in archaea will facilitate a better understanding of transcriptional and posttranscriptional control in the third domain of life.
    Keywords: Genes, Archaeal ; Methanosarcina -- Genetics ; Nitrogen -- Metabolism ; RNA, Messenger -- Genetics
    ISSN: 00278424
    E-ISSN: 1091-6490
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