Expression of Shigella flexneri gluQ-rs gene is linked to dksA and controlled by a transcriptional terminator

dc.creatorCaballero, Valeria C.en
dc.creatorToledo, Vivian P.en
dc.creatorMaturana, Cristianen
dc.creatorFisher, Carolyn R.en
dc.creatorPayne, Shelley M.en
dc.creatorSalazar, Juan Carlosen
dc.descriptionValeria C. Caballero, Vivian P. Toledo, Cristian Maturana and Juan Carlos Salazar are with the Program of Microbiology and Mycology, Institute of Biomedical Science (ICBM), Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile -- Cristian Maturana is with Area of Biochemistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile -- Carolyn R. Fisher and Shelley M. Payne are with Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA -- Valeria C. Caballero is with the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Faculty of Biological Science, Catholic University, Santiago, Chileen
dc.description.abstractBackground: Glutamyl queuosine-tRNAAsp synthetase (GluQ-RS) is a paralog of the catalytic domain of glutamyl-tRNA synthetase and catalyzes the formation of glutamyl-queuosine on the wobble position of tRNAAsp. Here we analyze the transcription of its gene in Shigella flexneri, where it is found downstream of dksA, which encodes a transcriptional regulator involved in stress responses. Results: The genomic organization, dksA-gluQ-rs, is conserved in more than 40 bacterial species. RT-PCR assays show co-transcription of both genes without a significant change in transcript levels during growth of S. flexneri. However, mRNA levels of the intergenic region changed during growth, increasing at stationary phase, indicating an additional level of control over the expression of gluQ-rs gene. Transcriptional fusions with lacZ as a reporter gene only produced β-galactosidase activity when the constructs included the dksA promoter, indicating that gluQ-rs do not have a separate promoter. Using bioinformatics, we identified a putative transcriptional terminator between dksA and gluQ-rs. Deletion or alteration of the predicted terminator resulted in increased expression of the lacZ reporter compared with cells containing the wild type terminator sequence. Analysis of the phenotype of a gluQ-rs mutant suggested that it may play a role in some stress responses, since growth of the mutant was impaired in the presence of osmolytes. Conclusions: The results presented here, show that the expression of gluQ-rs depends on the dksA promoter, and strongly suggest the presence and the functionality of a transcriptional terminator regulating its expression. Also, the results indicate a link between glutamyl-queuosine synthesis and stress response in Shigella flexneri.en
dc.description.departmentMolecular Biosciencesen
dc.identifier.citationCaballero, Valeria C., Viviana P. Toledo, Cristian Maturana, Carolyn R. Fisher, Shelley M. Payne, and Juan C. Salazar. “Expression of Shigella Flexneri gluQ-Rs Gene Is Linked to dksA and Controlled by a Transcriptional Terminator.” BMC Microbiology 12, no. 1 (October 5, 2012): 226. doi:10.1186/1471-2180-12-226.en
dc.publisherBMC Microbiologyen
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dc.subjecttRNA modificationen
dc.subjectgene expressionen
dc.subjectstringent responseen
dc.subjectosmotic stressen
dc.titleExpression of Shigella flexneri gluQ-rs gene is linked to dksA and controlled by a transcriptional terminatoren
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