Characterization of an escherichia coli elaC deletion mutant
Schilling, O., Ruggeberg, S., Vogel, A., Rittner, N., Weichert, S., Schmidt, S., Doig, S., Franz, T., Benes, V., Andrews, S. C., Baum, M. and Meyer-Klaucke, W. (2004) Characterization of an escherichia coli elaC deletion mutant. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 320 (4). pp. 1365-1373. ISSN 0006-291X
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The elaC gene of Escherichia coli encodes a binuclear zinc phosphodiesterase (ZiPD). ZiPD homologs from various species act as 3' tRNA processing endoribonucleases, and although the homologous gene in Bacillus subtilis is essential for viability [EMBO J. 22 (2003) 4534], the physiological function of E. coli ZiPD has remained enigmatic. In order to investigate the function of E. coli ZiPD we generated and characterized an E. coli elaC deletion mutant. Surprisingly, the E. coli elaC deletion mutant was viable and had wild-type like growth properties. Micro array-based transcriptional analysis indicated expression of the E. coli elaC gene at basal levels during aerobic growth. The elaC gene deletion had no effect on the expression of genes coding for RNases or amino-acyl tRNA synthetases or any other gene among a total of > 1300 genes probed. 2D-PAGE analysis showed that the elaC mutation, likewise, had no effect on the proteome. These results strengthen doubts about the involvement of E. coli ZiPD in tRNA maturation and suggest functional diversity within the ZiPD/ElaCl protein family. In addition to these unexpected features of the E. coli elaC deletion mutant, a sequence comparison of ZiPD (ElaCl) proteins revealed specific regions for either enterobacterial or mammalian ZiPD (ElaCl) proteins. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.