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The rhizosphere bacterium Azospirillum brasilense produces the auxin indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) through the indole-3-pyruvate pathway. As we previously demonstrated that transcription of the indole-3-pyruvate decarboxylase (ipdC) gene is positively regulated by IAA, produced by A. brasilense itself or added exogenously, we performed a microarray analysis to(More)
When grown on solid substrates, different microorganisms often form colonies with very specific morphologies. Whereas the pioneers of microbiology often used colony morphology to discriminate between species and strains, the phenomenon has not received much attention recently. In this study, we use a genome-wide assay in the model yeast Saccharomyces(More)
BACKGROUND Non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) play a crucial role in the intricate regulation of bacterial gene expression, allowing bacteria to quickly adapt to changing environments. In the past few years, a growing number of regulatory RNA elements have been predicted by computational methods, mostly in well-studied gamma-proteobacteria but lately in several(More)
  • Maarten Vercruysse, Maarten Fauvart, +6 authors Jan Michiels
  • 2011
BACKGROUND The alarmone (p)ppGpp mediates a global reprogramming of gene expression upon nutrient limitation and other stresses to cope with these unfavorable conditions. Synthesis of (p)ppGpp is, in most bacteria, controlled by RelA/SpoT (Rsh) proteins. The role of (p)ppGpp has been characterized primarily in Escherichia coli and several Gram-positive(More)
BACKGROUND With the availability of large scale expression compendia it is now possible to view own findings in the light of what is already available and retrieve genes with an expression profile similar to a set of genes of interest (i.e., a query or seed set) for a subset of conditions. To that end, a query-based strategy is needed that maximally(More)
Molecular entities present in a cell (mRNA, proteins, metabolites,…) do not act in isolation, but rather in cooperation with each other to define an organisms form and function. Their concerted action can be viewed as networks of interacting entities that are active under certain conditions within the cell or upon certain environmental signals. A main(More)
At the present time, omics experiments are commonly used in wet lab practice to identify leads involved in interesting phenotypes. These omics experiments often result in unstructured gene lists, the interpretation of which in terms of pathways or the mode of action is challenging. To aid in the interpretation of such gene lists, we developed PheNetic, a(More)
Rhizobium etli occurs either in a nitrogen-fixing symbiosis with its host plant, Phaseolus vulgaris, or free-living in the soil. During both conditions, the bacterium has been suggested to reside primarily in a nongrowing state. Using genome-wide transcriptome profiles, we here examine the molecular basis of the physiological adaptations of rhizobia to(More)
MOTIVATION When genomic data are associated with gene expression data, the resulting expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) will likely span multiple genes. eQTL prioritization techniques can be used to select the most likely causal gene affecting the expression of a target gene from a list of candidates. As an input, these techniques use physical(More)
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