May 17, 2011

Growth rate regulation in Escherichia coli

FEMS Microbiology Reviews
Ding Jun JinYan Ning Zhou


Growth rate regulation in bacteria has been an important issue in bacterial physiology for the past 50 years. This review, using Escherichia coli as a paradigm, summarizes the mechanisms for the regulation of rRNA synthesis in the context of systems biology, particularly, in the context of genome-wide competition for limited RNA polymerase (RNAP) in the cell under different growth conditions including nutrient starvation. The specific location of the seven rrn operons in the chromosome and the unique properties of the rrn promoters contribute to growth rate regulation. The length of the rrn transcripts, coupled with gene dosage effects, influence the distribution of RNAP on the chromosome in response to growth rate. Regulation of rRNA synthesis depends on multiple factors that affect the structure of the nucleoid and the allocation of RNAP for global gene expression. The magic spot ppGpp, which acts with DksA synergistically, is a key effector in both the growth rate regulation and the stringent response induced by nutrient starvation, mainly because the ppGpp level changes in response to environmental cues. It regulates rRNA synthesis via a cascade of events including both transcription initiation and elongation, and can be ex...Continue Reading

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Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial
Stringent Response
Alkalescens-Dispar Group
DNA-Directed RNA Polymerase
RNA Polymerase Assembly Pathway
Guanosine Tetraphosphate
Transcription Initiation
Gene Expression

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