A1 Journal article – refereed
Impact of Different Group 2 Sigma Factors on Light Use Efficiency and High Salt Stress in the Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp PCC 6803

List of Authors: Tyystjärvi T, Huokko T, Rantamäki S, Tyystjärvi E
Publication year: 2013
Journal: PLoS ONE
Journal name in source: PLOS ONE
Journal acronym: PLOS ONE
Number in series: 4
Volume number: 8
Issue number: 4
ISSN: 1932-6203

Sigma factors of RNA polymerase recognize promoters and have a central role in controlling transcription initiation and acclimation to changing environmental conditions. The cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 encodes four non-essential group 2 sigma factors, SigB, SigC, SigD and SigE that closely resemble the essential SigA factor. Three out of four group 2 sigma factors were simultaneously inactivated and acclimation responses of the triple inactivation strains were studied. All triple inactivation strains grew slowly in low light, and our analysis suggests that the reason is a reduced capacity to adjust the perception of light. Simultaneous inactivation of SigB and SigD hampered growth also in high light. SigB is the most important group 2 sigma factor for salt acclimation, and elimination of all the other group 2 sigma factors slightly improved the salt tolerance of Synechocystis. Presence of only SigE allowed full salt acclimation including up-regulation of hspA and ggpS genes, but more slowly than SigB. Cells with only SigD acclimated to high salt but the acclimation processes differed from those of the control strain. Presence of only SigC prevented salt acclimation.

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