Pseudoknot-dependent translational coupling in repBA genes of the IncB plasmid pMU720 involves reinitiation
AuthorPraszkier, J; Pittard, AJ
Source TitleJournal of Bacteriology
PublisherAMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY
AffiliationMicrobiology And Immunology
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsPraszkier, J. & Pittard, A. J. (2002). Pseudoknot-dependent translational coupling in repBA genes of the IncB plasmid pMU720 involves reinitiation. JOURNAL OF BACTERIOLOGY, 184 (20), pp.5772-5780. https://doi.org/10.1128/JB.184.20.5772-5780.2002.
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Replication of the IncB miniplasmid pMU720 requires synthesis of the replication initiator protein, RepA, whose translation is coupled to that of a leader peptide, RepB. The unusual feature of this system is that translational coupling in repBA has to be activated by the formation of a pseudoknot immediately upstream of the repA Shine-Dalgarno sequence. A small antisense RNA, RNAI, controls replication of pMU720 by interacting with repBA mRNA to inhibit expression of repA both directly, by preventing formation of the pseudoknot, and indirectly, by inhibiting translation of repB. The mechanism of translational coupling in repBA was investigated using the specialized ribosome system, which directs a subpopulation of ribosomes that carry an altered anti-Shine-Dalgarno sequence to translate mRNA molecules whose Shine-Dalgarno sequences have been altered to be complementary to the mutant anti-Shine-Dalgarno sequence. Our data indicate that translation of repA involves reinitiation by the ribosome that has terminated translation of repB. The role of the pseudoknot in this process and its effect on the control of copy number in pMU720 are discussed.
KeywordsGene Expression; Biological Sciences
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