Together, these mechanisms are known as attenuation and antitermination, and both involve controlling the formation of a transcription. Some antitermination factors allow bypass of a single terminator in response to a . Attenuation through ribosome positioning, Leader RNA, Typical of amino. This mechanism is very similar to attenuation, but antitermination can be distinguished RNA-Binding Protein-Mediated Antitermination: The Sac/Bgl Family of.

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Expression of two sucrose utilization operons in B. The sites responsible for determining leftward and rightward antitermination are described as nut L and nut Grespectively. Acknowledgments We thank N. Support Center Support Center. Positioning of the stalled ribosome blocks terminator formation.

However, no anr antiterminator RNA secondary structure is predicted. Transcription elongation protein NusA interacts with the nascent RNA near the exit channel and can stimulate termination Some bacterial antiterminators may have evolved to decrease the efficiency of intrinsic terminators, but inhibition of the activity of Rho is probably their main target.

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Solution structure of YaeO, a Rho-specific inhibitor of transcription termination. Datta K, von Hippel PH. RfaH is a specialized paralogue of NusG that increases the expression of distal genes in several operons in E. In one case, RNA polymerase is modified so as qntitermination allow it to read through transcription terminators. The ops element FIG.

These interactions stabilize formation of the antiterminator conformation of the leader transcript, resulting in induction of expression of the gene. N can directly bind the nut hairpin on its own and it allows RNAP to read through a single terminator left. Termination factor for RNA synthesis.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Direct spectroscopic study of reconstituted transcription attrnuation reveals that intrinsic termination is driven primarily by thermodynamic destabilization of antiterminationn nucleic acid framework.


Arrest site A signal at which the elongation complex comes to a complete halt but does not dissociate.

Antitermination Control of Gene Expression (Molecular Biology)

This model assumes that there is a fundamental difference between the TnaC peptide, aand the TnaC peptide-protein complex, in cells growing with or without tryptophan. Several homologous antitermination systems regulate the expression of sugar-metabolizing operons in B. The second mechanism could be particularly important in higher eukaryotes, in which it can take hours for RNAP to transcribe genes, as they are tightly packaged into nucleosomes and can be very long for example, the human dystrophin ane is 2.

Antitermination in lambda is induced by two quite distinct mechanisms.

Transcription attenuation.

Expression of the nas operon of Klebsiella pneumoniae, which encodes enzymes required for nitrate assimilation in this bacterium, is induced by nitrate or nitrite. The lambda gene N, codes for an antitermination protein pN that is necessary to allow RNA polymerase to read through the terminators located at the ends of the immediate early genes.

Rho-dependent terminators and transcription termination. GlcT binds to and stabilizes an antiterminator hairpin, thereby preventing the formation of an overlapping terminator and allowing transcription into the ptsG gene.

Antitermination by an RNA-bound protein Many proteins bind to RNA and disfavour formation of RNA hairpins, either directly by preferentially binding to single-stranded RNA or indirectly by stabilizing a competitive alternative structure. Klein BJ, et al. The tryptophanase operon of Proteus vulgaris is thought to be regulated by a mechanism essentially identical to that of E.

A transcription antiterminator constructs a NusA-dependent shield to the emerging transcript. Abstract Termination signals induce rapid and irreversible dissociation of the nascent transcript from RNA polymerase. A central role of the RNA polymerase trigger loop in active-site rearrangement during transcriptional pausing. GlcT is a dimeric antiterminator agtenuation binds to the leader of the ptsG gene, which encodes a glucose permease.

Burmann BM, et al. Table 1 Antitermination regulators in bacteria and phages.


In the presence of sucrose, SacT and SacY are activated to bind RAT sequences in the sacPA and sacB leader transcripts, respectively, and allow transcription to read through into the structural genes NusA protein of Escherichia coli is an efficient transcription termination factor for certain terminator sites.

In this scenario, also called processive antitermination 33RNAP reads through many consecutive terminators.

In all domains of life, RNAP must overcome numerous barriers, such as sequences that induce pausing, DNA-bound regulators or DNA-packaging proteins for example, nucleoid-associated proteins in bacteria and crenarchaeota, and nucleosomes in eukaryotes and euryarchaeota.

Bacteria have evolved many different complex mechanisms to control both transcription and translation of genes in response to environmental changes. Contacts with rut may persist until Rho reaches RNAP at the actual site of RNA release, which may be located far downstream; however, recent data suggest that Rho— rut contacts are lost earlier Protection of antiterminator RNA by the transcript elongation complex.

In most Gram-positive bacteria, tRNA charging is sensed directly — independently of the ribosome 52 — through interactions between the tRNA and the leader transcript, which also encodes a terminator and an alternative antiterminator Finally, RfaH may limit Rho access to poorly translated ops -containing operons by recruiting ribosomes.

Strains carrying these mutations are unable to support lytic growth of HK but are normal in all other respects tested, including lytic growth of lambda and other lambda relatives.

However, certain nucleic acid signals and auxiliary factors may slow RNAP down at a pause siteinduce it to move backwards a few steps at an arrest site or trigger its dissociation from RNA and DNA at a terminator.