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Inactivation of group 2 sigma factors upregulates production of transcription and translation machineries in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp PCC 6803

List of Authors: Satu Koskinen, Kaisa Hakkila, Juha Kurkela, Esa Tyystjärvi, Taina Tyystjärvi


Publication year: 2018

Journal: Scientific Reports

Journal name in source: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS

Journal acronym: SCI REP-UK

Volume number: 8

Number of pages: 12

ISSN: 2045-2322


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We show that the formation of the RNAP holoenzyme with the primary sigma factor SigA increases in the Delta sigBCDE strain of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 lacking all group 2 s factors. The high RNAP-SigA holoenzyme content directly induces transcription of a particular set of housekeeping genes, including ones encoding transcription and translation machineries. In accordance with upregulated transcripts, Delta sigBCDE contain more RNAPs and ribosomal subunits than the control strain. Extra RNAPs are fully active, and the RNA content of Delta sigBCDE cells is almost tripled compared to that in the control strain. Although Delta sigBCDE cells produce extra rRNAs and ribosomal proteins, functional extra ribosomes are not formed, and translation activity and protein content remained similar in Delta sigBCDE as in the control strain. The arrangement of the RNA polymerase core genes together with the ribosomal protein genes might play a role in the co-regulation of transcription and translation machineries. Sequence logos were constructed to compare promoters of those housekeeping genes that directly react to the RNAP-SigA holoenzyme content and those ones that do not. Cyanobacterial strains with engineered transcription and translation machineries might provide solutions for construction of highly efficient production platforms for biotechnical applications in the future.

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