Regulation in the synthesis of Escherichia coli RNA polymerase proposed from sequence analysis.

J. Otsuka, Hiromi Suzuki, T. Kunisawa

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A computer analysis of the operons containing Escherichia coli RNA polymerase subunits was carried out to obtain information about the regulation in the synthesis of these subunits, identifying intercistronic promoter and terminator sequences and searching for ribosome-binding sites and possible secondary structures of the corresponding mRNAs. This investigation showed an extensive secondary structure of beta-mRNA, which provides a molecular basis for the mechanism of the phenomenologically known post-transcriptional regulation in the synthesis of beta subunit. Since a similar secondary structure was also recognized in the mRNA corresponding to the upstream part of alpha subunit gene, it is proposed that the synthesis of alpha subunit is autogenously regulated by RNA polymerase itself, probably at the translational level, in the same way as in the synthesis of beta subunit. This regulation not only guarantees the suppression of overproduction of RNA polymerase subunits but also throws light on the problem of how the syntheses of RNA polymerase and ribosome respond similarly to the shift of nutrients and temperature, but differently to the starvation for amino acids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-361
Number of pages7
JournalProtein sequences & data analysis
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1988

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