Branislav Večerek

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The Fe2+-dependent Fur protein serves as a negative regulator of iron uptake in bacteria. As only metallo-Fur acts as an autogeneous repressor, Fe2+scarcity would direct fur expression when continued supply is not obviously required. We show that in Escherichia coli post-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms ensure that Fur synthesis remains steady in iron(More)
The hexameric Escherichia coli RNA chaperone Hfq (Hfq(Ec)) is involved in riboregulation of target mRNAs by small trans-encoded RNAs. Hfq proteins of different bacteria comprise an evolutionarily conserved core, whereas the C-terminus is variable in length. Although the structure of the conserved core has been elucidated for several Hfq proteins, no(More)
The structure of full-length host factor Qβ (Hfq) from Escherichia coli obtained from a crystal belonging to space group P1, with unit-cell parameters a = 61.91, b = 62.15, c = 81.26 Å, α = 78.6, β = 86.2, γ = 59.9°, was solved by molecular replacement to a resolution of 2.85 Å and refined to R(work) and R(free) values of 20.7% and 25.0%, respectively. Hfq(More)
Previous work has demonstrated that iron-dependent variations in the steady-state concentration and translatability of sodB mRNA are modulated by the small regulatory RNA RyhB, the RNA chaperone Hfq and RNase E. In agreement with the proposed role of RNase E, we found that the decay of sodB mRNA is retarded upon inactivation of RNase E in vivo, and that the(More)
The conserved bacterial RNA chaperone Hfq has been shown to play an important role in post-transcriptional regulation. Here, we demonstrate that Hfq synthesis is autoregulated at the translational level. We have mapped two Hfq binding sites in the 5'-untranslated region of hfq mRNA and show that Hfq binding inhibits formation of the translation initiation(More)
The Escherichia coli Sm-like host factor I (Hfq) is thought to play direct and indirect roles in post-transcriptional regulation by targeting small regulatory RNAs and mRNAs. In this study, we have used proteomics to identify new mRNA targets of Hfq. We have identified 11 candidate proteins, synthesis of which was differentially affected in a hfq-(More)
A cDNA of a structural gene encoding pyranose 2-oxidase (P2O) from Trametes ochracea strain MB49 was cloned into Escherichia coli strain BL21(DE3) on a multicopy plasmid under the control of the trc promoter. Synthesis of P2O was studied in batch cultures in LB or M9-based mineral medium at 28°C. While there was a low specific activity of P2O in LB medium,(More)
The Escherichia coli RNA chaperone Hfq is involved in riboregulation of target mRNAs by small trans-encoded non-coding (ncRNAs). Previous structural and genetic studies revealed a RNA-binding surface on either site of the Hfq-hexamer, which suggested that one hexamer can bring together two RNAs in a pairwise fashion. The Hfq proteins of different bacteria(More)
The RNA chaperone Hfq acts as a central player in post-transcriptional gene regulation in several Gram-negative Bacteria, whereas comparatively little is known about its role in Gram-positive Bacteria. Here, we studied the function of Hfq in Bacillus subtilis, and show that it confers a survival advantage. A comparative transcriptome analysis revealed mRNAs(More)
UNLABELLED Previous studies have shown that B. pertussis survives inside human macrophages in non-acidic compartments with characteristics of early endosomes. In order to gain new insight into the biology of B. pertussis survival in host cells, we have analyzed the adaptation of the bacterial proteome during intracellular infection. The proteome of B.(More)