Grażyna Konopa

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The Streptomyces oriC region contains two clusters of 19 DnaA boxes separated by a spacer (134 bp). The Streptomyces DnaA protein consists, like all other DnaA proteins, of four domains: domain III and the carboxyterminal part (domain IV) are responsible for binding of ATP and DNA, respectively. Binding of the DnaA protein to the entire oriC region analysed(More)
The Escherichia coli rpoH gene is transcribed from four known and differently regulated promoters: P1, P3, P4 and P5. This study demonstrates that the conserved consensus sequence of the sigma54 promoter in the regulatory region of the rpoH gene, described previously, is a functional promoter, P6. The evidence for this conclusion is: (i) the specific(More)
 The regulatory region of the Streptomyces dnaA gene comprises a single promoter and two DnaA boxes that are located upstream of the promoter. Comparative analysis of the dnaA promoter region from S. chrysomallus, S. lividans and S. reticuli revealed that the location, spacing and orientation of the DnaA boxes are conserved. In vitro studies demonstrated(More)
Single-stranded-DNA-binding proteins (SSBs) play essential roles in DNA replication, recombination and repair in bacteria, archaea and eukarya. This paper reports the identification and characterization of the SSB-like proteins of the thermophilic bacteria Thermus thermophilus and Thermus aquaticus. These proteins (TthSSB and TaqSSB), in contrast to their(More)
The cgtA gene product is a member of the subfamily of small GTP-binding proteins that have been identified in diverse organisms ranging from bacteria to humans. In bacteria that sporulate or display another special developmental programme, this gene (referred to as cgtA, obg or yhbZ) appears to be involved in the regulation of these processes. However, this(More)
Antibacterial activities of various flavonoids have been reported previously, but mechanism(s) of their action on bacterial cells remain(s) largely unknown. Here, we investigated effects of genistein, an isoflavone, and representatives of other flavonoids: daidzein (another isoflavone), apigenin (a flavone), naringenin (a flavanone) and kaempferol (a(More)
The yeast mitochondrial chaperone Hsp78, a homologue of yeast cytosolic Hsp104 and bacterial ClpB, is required for maintenance of mitochondrial functions under heat stress. Here, Hsp78 was purified to homogeneity and shown to form a homo-hexameric complex, with an apparent molecular mass of approximately 440 kDa, in an ATP-dependent manner. Analysis of its(More)
We have proved by acrylamide gel electrophoresis that DNA-free ghosts of bacteriophage lambda obtained by osmotic shock (S-ghosts), or by incubation in 5 M-L-Cl (L-ghosts) do not possess the proteins specified by the genes J and H. Electron microscopy of L-ghosts showed that they are devoid of the whole tail tip, composed of the basal part and the tail(More)
The potential of the major structural protein DraE of Escherichia coli Dr fimbriae has been used to display an 11-amino-acid peptide of glycoprotein D derived from herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1. The heterologous sequence mimicking an epitope from glycoprotein D was inserted in one copy into the draE gene in place of a predicted 11-amino-acid sequence in(More)
There are two modes of bacteriophage lambda DNA replication during its lytic development in Escherichia coli cells. The circle-to-circle (theta) replication predominates at early stages of the phage growth, whereas rolling-circle (sigma) replication occurs late after infection to produce long concatemers that serve as substrates for packaging of lambda DNA(More)