Katarina Furtwängler

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Archaea combine bacterial-as well as eukaryotic-like features to regulate cellular processes. Halobacterium salinarum R1 encodes eight leucine-responsive regulatory protein (Lrp)-homologues. The function of two of them, Irp (OE3923F) and lrpA1 (OE2621R), were analyzed by gene deletion and overexpression, including genome scale impacts using microarrays. It(More)
Flavonoids are a very diverse group of plant secondary metabolites with a wide array of activities in plants, as well as in nutrition and health. All flavonoids are derived from a limited number of flavanone intermediates, which serve as substrates for a variety of enzyme activities, enabling the generation of diversity in flavonoid structures. Flavonoids(More)
Bacteriorhodopsin, the photosynthetic protein of Halobacterium salinarum, is optimally expressed under anaerobic growth conditions. We identified Brz (OE3104F, bacteriorhodopsin-regulating zinc finger protein), a new regulator of the bop gene. It is a small protein with a zinc finger motif, encoded directly upstream of the bop gene in the same orientation.(More)
Phosphate is essential for life on earth, since it is an integral part of important biomolecules. The mechanisms applied by bacteria and eukarya to combat phosphate limitation are fairly well understood. However, it is not known how archaea sense phosphate limitation or which genes are regulated upon limitation. We conducted a microarray analysis to explore(More)
The halophilic archaeon Halobacterium salinarum expresses bacteriorhodopsin, a retinal-protein that allows photosynthetic growth. Transcription of the bop (b acterioop sin) gene is controlled by two transcription factors, Bat and Brz that induce bop when cells are grown anaerobically and under light. A new gene was identified that is transcribed together(More)
The genome of the archaeon Halobacterium salinarum contains two copies of the pst (phosphate-specific transport) operon, the genes of which are related to well-studied bacterial homologues. Both operons (pst1 and pst2) were shown to be polycistronic and, when under P(i)-limited conditions, transcription initiated 1 bp upstream of the translational starts.(More)
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