Irina S. Masulis

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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)
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)
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)
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 tran-scriptional start-sites were determined. The upstream sequence of these 37 start-sites, and the sequences of(More)
Scanning the entire genome of E. coli by means of pattern-recognition software PlatProm 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 genes of(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)
Distribution of the A/T tracts described in earlier publications in the region extending from nucleotide -250 to +150 relative to the transcription initiation site of gene transcribed regions adjacent to promoter was studied. Upstream of the -35 region a succession of A/T tracts was discovered distributed at a shorter distance one from another than in(More)
A number of additional structural elements were identified by statistic analysis of nucleotide sequences in promoters recognized by Escherichia coli RNA polymerase. Together with canonical hexanucleotides, these elements characterize different levels in the structural organization of promoter DNA. Sequence motifs exhibiting the highest statistical(More)
A susceptibility of promoter DNA for adaptive conformational transitions has been studied using a cationic surfactant dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (C(12)TAB) as a model DNA-binding ligand. DNAse 1 and KMnO(4) were utilized as structure-specific reagents. Both reagents revealed ligand-induced perturbations in the double helix of promoters T7A1 and T7D.(More)