The DEAD-box RNA helicases in Bacillus subtilis have multiple functions and act independent from each other


DEAD-box RNA helicases play important roles in remodeling RNA molecules and in facilitating a variety of RNA-protein interactions that are key to many essential cellular processes. In spite of the importance of RNA, our knowledge about RNA helicases is only limited. In this study we investigated the role of the four DEAD-box RNA helicases in Gram positive model-organism Bacillus subtilis. A strain deleted of all RNA helicases is able to grow at 37°C but not at lower temperatures. Especially the deletion of cshA, cshB or yfmL lead to cold-sensitive phenotypes. Moreover, these mutant strains exhibit unique defects in ribosome biogenesis suggesting distinct functions for the individual enzymes in this process. Based on protein accumulation, severity of the cold-sensitive phenotype and the interaction with components of the RNA degradosome, CshA is the major RNA helicase of B. subtilis. To unravel the functions of CshA in addition to ribosome biogenesis we conducted microarray analysis and identified the ysbAB and frlBONMD mRNAs as targets that are strongly affected by the deletion of the cshA gene. Our findings suggest that the different helicases make distinct contributions to the physiology of B. subtilis. Ribosome biogenesis and RNA degradation are two of their major tasks in B. subtilis.


PubMed ID: 23175651

Projects: BaCell-SysMO

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Journal: J. Bacteriol.


Date Published: 24th Nov 2012

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Authors: Martin Lehnik-Habrink, Leonie Rempeters, Akos T Kovács, Christoph Wrede, Claudia Baierlein, Heike Krebber, ,

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