RNA Sequencing Identifies New RNase III Cleavage Sites in; Escherichia coli; and Reveals Increased Regulation of mRNA Journal Article uri icon



  • ABSTRACT; ; Ribonucleases facilitate rapid turnover of RNA, providing cells with another mechanism to adjust transcript and protein levels in response to environmental conditions. While many examples have been documented, a comprehensive list of RNase targets is not available. To address this knowledge gap, we compared levels of RNA sequencing coverage of; Escherichia coli; and a corresponding RNase III mutant to expand the list of known RNase III targets. RNase III is a widespread endoribonuclease that binds and cleaves double-stranded RNA in many critical transcripts. RNase III cleavage at novel sites found in; aceEF; ,; proP; ,; tnaC; ,; dctA; ,; pheM; ,; sdhC; ,; yhhQ; ,; glpT; ,; aceK; , and; gluQ; accelerated RNA decay, consistent with previously described targets wherein RNase III cleavage initiates rapid degradation of secondary messages by other RNases. In contrast, cleavage at three novel sites in the; ahpF; ,; pflB; , and; yajQ; transcripts led to stabilized secondary transcripts. Two other novel sites in; hisL; and; pheM; overlapped with transcriptional attenuators that likely serve to ensure turnover of these highly structured RNAs. Many of the new RNase III target sites are located on transcripts encoding metabolic enzymes. For instance, two novel RNase III sites are located within transcripts encoding enzymes near a key metabolic node connecting glycolysis and the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle. Pyruvate dehydrogenase activity was increased in an; rnc; deletion mutant compared to the wild-type (WT) strain in early stationary phase, confirming the novel link between RNA turnover and regulation of pathway activity. Identification of these novel sites suggests that mRNA turnover may be an underappreciated mode of regulating metabolism.; ; ; IMPORTANCE; The concerted action and overlapping functions of endoribonucleases, exoribonucleases, and RNA processing enzymes complicate the study of global RNA turnover and recycling of specific transcripts. More information about RNase specificity and activity is needed to make predictions of transcript half-life and to design synthetic transcripts with optimal stability. RNase III does not have a conserved target sequence but instead recognizes RNA secondary structure. Prior to this study, only a few RNase III target sites in; E.┬ácoli; were known, so we used RNA sequencing to provide a more comprehensive list of cleavage sites and to examine the impact of RNase III on transcript degradation. With this added information on how RNase III participates in transcript regulation and recycling, a more complete picture of RNA turnover can be developed for; E.┬ácoli; . Similar approaches could be used to augment our understanding of RNA turnover in other bacteria.;

publication date

  • May 3, 2017

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  • gold

Date in CU Experts

  • April 1, 2018 11:02 AM

Full Author List

  • Gordon GC; Cameron JC; Pfleger BF

Full Editor List

  • Papoutsakis ET

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  • 3

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2161-2129

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2150-7511

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