Olga Y Burenina

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By differential high-throughput RNA sequencing (dRNA-seq) we have identified "product RNAs" (pRNAs) as short as 8-12 nucleotides that are synthesized by Bacillus subtilis RNA polymerase (RNAP) in vivo using the regulatory 6S-1 RNA as template. The dRNA-seq data were confirmed by in vitro transcription experiments and Northern blotting. In our libraries, we(More)
Bacterial 6S RNAs bind to the housekeeping RNA polymerase (σ(A)-RNAP in Bacillus subtilis) to regulate transcription in a growth phase-dependent manner. B. subtilis expresses two 6S RNAs, 6S-1 and 6S-2 RNA, with different expression profiles. We show in vitro that 6S-2 RNA shares hallmark features with 6S-1 RNA: Both (1) are able to serve as templates for(More)
Transcription regulation in bacterial restriction-modification (R-M) systems is an important process, which provides coordinated expression levels of tandem enzymes, DNA methyltransferase (MTase) and restriction endonuclease (RE) protecting cells against penetration of alien DNA. The present study focuses on (cytosine-5)-DNA methyltransferase Ecl18kI(More)
Successful detection of very small RNAs (tiny RNA, ~14 nt in length) by Northern blotting is dependent on improved Northern blot protocols that combine chemical crosslinking of RNA with 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide (EDC) to positively charged membranes, the use of native polyacrylamide gels, and the development of highly sensitive and(More)
We prepared total RNA from the Gram-positive soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis by different RNA extraction procedures to compare their suitability for Northern blot detection of tiny RNAs (~14-mers) or RNAs of intermediate size (100-200 nt) in terms of signal quality, intensity, and reproducibility. Our analysis included two hot phenol methods and two TRIzol(More)
Small noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) are non-translated transcripts with lengths below 300 nucleotide residues. Regulation of cellular processes under the influence of these ncRNAs is the most various in eukaryotic cells, but numerous ncRNAs are also found in bacteria. One of the best-known small prokaryotic ncRNAs is 6S RNA–it has been detected in all branches of(More)
Thymidine glycol residues in DNA are biologically active oxidative molecular damage sites caused by ionizing radiation and other factors. One or two thymidine glycol residues were incorporated in 19- to 31-mer DNA fragments during automatic oligonucleotide synthesis. These oligonucleotide models were used to estimate the effect of oxidized thymidines on the(More)
6S RNA, a global regulator of transcription in bacteria, binds to housekeeping RNA polymerase (RNAP) holoenzymes to competitively inhibit transcription from DNA promoters. Bacillus subtilis encodes two 6S RNA homologs whose differential functions are as yet unclear. We constructed derivative strains of B. subtilis PY79 lacking 6S-1 RNA (ΔbsrA), 6S-2 RNA(More)
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