Irina S. Masulis

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Potential promoters in the genome of Escherichia coli were searched by pattern recognition software PlatProm and classified on the basis of positions relative to gene borders. Beside the expected promoters located in front of the coding sequences we found a considerable amount of intragenic promoter-like signals with a putative ability to drive either(More)
A collection of Rhizobium etli promoters was isolated from a genomic DNA library constructed in the promoter-trap vector pBBMCS53, by their ability to drive the expression of a gusA reporter gene. Thirty-seven clones were selected, and their transcriptional start-sites were determined. The upstream sequence of these 37 start-sites, and the sequences of(More)
Using a rifampicin-resistant RNA polymerase with altered specificity to different promoters, the D promoter of T7 phage DNA with increased affinity to the mutant enzyme was chosen. This promoter and the T7 A1 promoter with unchanged affinity as well as some nonpromoter DNA fragments were used to compare temperature-induced conformational transitions of RNA(More)
Freeze-fracture study of ultrastructure of DNA--calcium--dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) complex was carried out at different temperatures. For high-speed cryofixation from controllable initial temperatures, a special thermostatic chamber was designed. The fracture surface of the complex was found to be considerably different from the initial DPPC(More)
A collection of Rhizobium etli promoters was isolated from a genomic DNA library constructed in the promoter-trap vector pBBMCS53, by their ability to drive the expression of a gusA reporter gene. Thirty-seven clones were selected, and their transcriptional start-sites were determined. The upstream sequence of these 37 start-sites, and the sequences of(More)
Mapping of putative promoters within the entire genome of Escherichia coli (E. coli) by means of pattern-recognition software PlatProm revealed several thousand of sites having high probability to perform promoter function. Along with the expected promoters located upstream of coding sequences, PlatProm identified more than a thousand potential promoters(More)
Scanning the entire genome of Escherichia coli by means of pattenwecognition software Plat-Prom spotted out more than a thousand of potential start points for antisense transcription. Taking into account possible role of antisense RNAs in the cell regulatory networks, our top-priority interest was focused on the promoter-like sites found within gene s of(More)
Following earlier publications that revealed specific distribution of A/T tracts in the early transcribed regions, the disposition of these elements was studied in a wider region of promoter DNA from position –250 to +150 relative to the transcription start point. A set of preferred positions of A/T tracts distributed at a shorter distance one from another(More)
Mosaic pattern of transcription in alternating directions is a common feature of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes which rationality and origin remain enigmatic. In Escherichia coli approximately 25% of genes comprise pairs of topologically linked divergently transcribed units. Given that transcriptional complex formation at each promoter in the pair(More)
Chemical footprinting was used to study the spatial structure of bacteriophage T7 promoter D upon formation of the transcriptionally active complex with Escherichia coli RNA polymerase. Enzyme binding was shown to induce conformational changes in sites located at positions 43 and 57, several helix turns away from the transcription start. This was the first(More)