Natarajan Ramani

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Integration host factor is a sequence-specific, histone-like, multifunctional DNA-binding and -bending protein of Escherichia coli. The characterization and functional analysis of this protein has been done mainly in bacteriophage lambda and other mobile genetic elements. Less is known concerning the role of integration host factor (IHF) in E. coli,(More)
A binding site for integration host factor (IHF) was identified upstream of the aceBAK promoter. Under inducing conditions, IHF activates aceB::lacZ expression by opposing IclR repression. In contrast, IHF has little effect on aceB::lacZ expression under repressing conditions. The ability of IHF to relieve repression under inducing but not repressing(More)
The phage shock protein operon (pspABCE) of Escherichia coli is strongly induced by adverse environmental conditions. Expression is controlled principally at the transcriptional level, and transcription is directed by the sigma factor sigma 54. PspB and PspC are required for high-level psp expression during osmotic shock, ethanol treatment and f1 infection,(More)
micF RNA, produced from a multicopy plasmid, was originally shown to be a major factor in negative osmoregulation of the OmpF outer membrane protein in Escherichia coli. However, subsequent experiments with a micF deletion strain suggested that chromosomal micF RNA was not a key component in this process. We report here that micF RNA is essential for the(More)
We have previously reported purification of three forms of histamine-releasing factors (HRFs) from mixtures of streptokinase-streptodornase stimulated human mononuclear cells and platelets with apparent molecular masses of 10-12, 15-17, and 40-41 kD (1989. J. Clin. Invest. 83:1204-1210). We have also prepared mouse MAbs against the 10-12-kD HRF (1989. J.(More)
Previous work has shown that integration host factor (IHF) mutants have increased expression and altered osmoregulation of OmpF, a major Escherichia coli outer membrane protein. By in vitro analysis the possibility was investigated that IHF interacts directly with the ompF promoter region. Gel retardation assays and DNase I protection experiments showed(More)
OmpF is a major outer membrane protein in Escherichia coli whose expression is regulated by a large number of factors, including the osmolarity of the growth medium and the concentration of salicylate. We have previously shown that at low osmolarity, OmpF is post-transcriptionally regulated by micF mRNA, and that at high osmolarity, regulation occurs(More)
We have previously reported purification of three forms of histamine-releasing factors (HRFs) from mixtures of streptokinase-streptodornase stimulated human mononuclear cells and platelets with apparent molecular masses of 10-12, 15-17, and 4041 kD (1989. J. Clin. Invest. 83:1204-1210). We have also prepared mouse MAbs against the 10-12-kD HRF (1989. J.(More)
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