Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
J Biol Chem. 1999 Jul 2;274(27):18880-6.

Functional effect of deletion and mutation of the Escherichia coli ribosomal RNA and tRNA pseudouridine synthase RluA.

Author information

  • 1Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida 33101, USA.

Abstract

The Escherichia coli gene rluA, coding for the pseudouridine synthase RluA that forms 23 S rRNA pseudouridine 746 and tRNA pseudouridine 32, was deleted in strains MG1655 and BL21/DE3. The rluA deletion mutant failed to form either 23 S RNA pseudouridine 746 or tRNA pseudouridine 32. Replacement of rluA in trans on a rescue plasmid restored both pseudouridines. Therefore, RluA is the sole protein responsible for the in vivo formation of 23 S RNA pseudouridine 746 and tRNA pseudouridine 32. Plasmid rescue of both rluA- strains using an rluA gene carrying asparagine or threonine replacements for the highly conserved aspartate 64 demonstrated that neither mutant could form 23 S RNA pseudouridine 746 or tRNA pseudouridine 32 in vivo, showing that this conserved aspartate is essential for enzyme-catalyzed formation of both pseudouridines. In vitro assays using overexpressed wild-type and mutant synthases confirmed that only the wild-type protein was active despite the overexpression of wild-type and mutant synthases in approximately equal amounts. There was no difference in exponential growth rate between wild-type and MG1655(rluA-) either in rich or minimal medium at 24, 37, or 42 degrees C, but when both strains were grown together, a strong selection against the deletion strain was observed.

PMID:
10383384
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk