Ajchareeya Ruangprasert

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Bacterial type II toxin-antitoxin modules are protein-protein complexes whose functions are finely tuned by rapidly changing environmental conditions. E. coli toxin YafQ is suppressed under steady state growth conditions by virtue of its interaction with its cognate antitoxin, DinJ. During stress, DinJ is proteolytically degraded and free YafQ halts(More)
Bacteria encounter environmental stresses that regulate a gene expression program required for adaptation and survival. Here, we report the 1.8-Å crystal structure of the Escherichia coli toxin-antitoxin complex YafQ-(DinJ)2-YafQ, a key component of the stress response. The antitoxin DinJ dimer adopts a ribbon-helix-helix motif required for transcriptional(More)
Toxin-antitoxin genes play important roles in the regulation of bacterial growth during stress. One response to stress is selective proteolysis of antitoxin proteins which releases their cognate toxin partners causing rapid inhibition of growth. The features of toxin-antitoxin complexes that are important to inhibit toxin activity as well as to release the(More)
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