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A diverse set of circadian clock mutants was isolated in a cyanobacterial strain that carries a bacterial luciferase reporter gene attached to a clock-controlled promoter. Among 150,000 clones of chemically mutagenized bioluminescent cells, 12 mutants were isolated that exhibit a broad spectrum of periods (between 16 and 60 hours), and 5 mutants were found(More)
We generated random mutations in Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942 to look for genes of output pathways in the cyanobacterial circadian system. A derivative of transposon Tn5 was introduced into the chromosomes of reporter strains in which cyanobacterial promoters drive the Vibrio harveyi luxAB genes and produce an oscillation of bioluminescence as a(More)
The chloroplast psbD gene, which encodes the D2 subunit of photosystem II, is regulated by a blue light-responsive promoter (BLRP). We tested the ability of different regions of the barley (Hordeum vulagare) BLRP to drive transcription of the lacZ reporter gene in genomic transformants of Synechococcus sp. strain PCC7942. The barley BLRP was transcribed in(More)
We wanted to identify genes that are controlled by the circadian clock in the prokaryotic cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942. To use luciferase as a reporter to monitor gene expression, bacterial luciferase genes (luxAB) were inserted randomly into the Synechococcus genome by conjugation with Escherichia coli and subsequent homologous(More)
The three psbA genes encoding the photosystem II D1 protein in Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942 respond differentially to an increase in intensity of white light through transcriptional induction of psbAII and psbAIII and accelerated degradation of psbAI and psbAIII messages. We report that the genes exhibit a novel photoreversible response involving blue(More)
We isolated mutants affected in the circadian expression of the psbAI gene in Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942 using a strategy that tags the genomic locus responsible for the mutant phenotype. The search identified one short period (22 h) mutant (M2) and two low amplitude mutants, one of which showed apparent arhythmia (M11) and one that was still clearly(More)
We developed a versatile, efficient genetic transfer method for Synechococcus sp. strains PCC 7942 and PCC 6301 that exceeds natural transformation efficiencies by orders of magnitude. As a test case, we complemented a histidine auxotroph and identified a hisS homolog of PCC 7942 as the complementing gene.
Extensive circadian (daily) control over gene expression in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942 is programmed into at least two differentially phased groups. The transcriptional activity of the smaller group of genes is maximal at about dawn and minimal at about dusk. We identified one of the genes belonging to this latter group as purF,(More)
In eubacteria, the clustering of DnaA boxes around the dnaN (beta subunit of DNA polymerase III) and dnaA genes usually defines the chromosome replication origin (oriC). In this study, the dnaN locus from the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942 was sequenced. The gene order in this region is cbbZp-dnaN-orf288-purL-purF which contrasts with(More)