Evolution of multisubunit RNA polymerases in the three domains of life

  title={Evolution of multisubunit RNA polymerases in the three domains of life},
  author={F. Werner and Dina Grohmann},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  • F. Werner, Dina Grohmann
  • Published 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature Reviews Microbiology
  • RNA polymerases (RNAPs) carry out transcription in all living organisms. All multisubunit RNAPs are derived from a common ancestor, a fact that becomes apparent from their amino acid sequence, subunit composition, structure, function and molecular mechanisms. Despite the similarity of these complexes, the organisms that depend on them are extremely diverse, ranging from microorganisms to humans. Recent findings about the molecular and functional architecture of RNAPs has given us intriguing… CONTINUE READING

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