Together, these mechanisms are known as attenuation and antitermination, and both involve controlling the formation of a transcription. Some antitermination factors allow bypass of a single terminator in response to a . Attenuation through ribosome positioning, Leader RNA, Typical of amino. This mechanism is very similar to attenuation, but antitermination can be distinguished RNA-Binding Protein-Mediated Antitermination: The Sac/Bgl Family of.

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In addition to all the catabolic operons described above, one anabolic operon has been shown to be regulated by antitermination. A similar system for b-glucoside utilization exists in the related Gram-negative enteric bacterium Erwinia chrystanthemi, although in this case the arb operon is not cryptic 7.

Antitermination by a stalled ribosome In most Gram-negative bacteria, the ribosome controls expression of amino acid biosynthesis operons in response to the availability of the cognate amino acid by sensing the level of charged tRNA Another important conserved feature of the leader region of these genes is the presence of a triplet sequence corresponding to a codon for the appropriate amino acid for each operon.

Functional regions of the N-terminal domain of the antiterminator RfaH. Under noninducing conditions no extracellular tryptophanribosome dissociation at the tnaC stop codon exposes a rut site, allowing Rho binding.

Steinmetz EJ, Platt T. Neidhardt FC, et al. The antitermination activity of pN is highly specific, but the antitermination event is not determined by the terminators t L1 and t R1 ; the recognition site needed for antitermination lies upstream in the transcription unit, that is, at a different place from the terminator site at attenuuation the action eventually is accomplished.

Antitermination involves translation of antitwrmination cis-acting residue leader peptide tnaC containing a critical Trp codon 32, 33one or more RNA polymerase pause sites between tnaC and tnaA 34and Rho termination factor An antitermination protein engages the elongating transcription apparatus at a promoter-proximal recognition site.


Ribosomal protein S4 is a aattenuation factor with properties remarkably similar to NusA, a protein involved in both non-ribosomal and ribosomal RNA antitermination. Vieu E, Rahmouni AR. In these cases, antitermination factors allow transcription to read through termination signals and to generate full-length transcripts.

Unlike NusG, which is essential in wild-type E.

Antitermination Control of Gene Expression (Molecular Biology)

The structural basis of the underlying molecular mechanisms has been described for only a few RNA-binding regulators. Mooney RA, et al.

Arrest site A signal at which the elongation complex comes to a complete halt but does not dissociate. Antitermination by translation Transcription and translation are coupled in bacteria and archaea 6364allowing for their coordinated regulation.

Antitermination Control of Gene Expression (Molecular Biology)

Demene Attenuationn, et al. Recognition of these signals by the elongation complex does not require any factors but can be enhanced by accessory proteins, such as the general transcription elongation protein NusA During growth in a medium lacking both tryptophan and a sntitermination carbon source, transcription initiation is efficient. In one case, RNA polymerase is modified so as to allow it to read through transcription terminators. Antitermination is used by some phages to regulate progression from one stage of gene expression to the next.

A conserved zinc binding domain in the largest subunit of DNA-dependent RNA polymerase modulates intrinsic transcription termination and antitermination but does not stabilize the elongation complex. Direct sensing of tRNA charging may also be used to co-regulate the translational capacity of the cell attenuaion response to stress Expression of genes that are regulated antitemination a T-box including genes that encode proteins involved in amino acid metabolism and the aminoacyl tRNA synthetases is induced by stabilization of an antiterminator in the leader RNA by the cognate uncharged tRNA.

Host factor titration by chromosomal R-loops as a mechanism for runaway plasmid replication in transcription termination-defective mutants of Escherichia coli.

An exception is the global response to low temperature mediated by cold shock proteins, which are RNA chaperones that are overproduced after a temperature downshift and that bind and stabilize single-stranded RNAs In addition, cellular antiterminators should permit RNAP release at the end of an operon, and most of the intergenic terminators are intrinsic Author manuscript; available in PMC May 1.


These sites are located at different relative positions in their respective transcription units. When Trp levels are high, the ribosome advances into region 2 and blocks the antiterminator.

Termination and antitermination: RNA polymerase runs a stop sign

Polarity A quality control mechanism in which Rho terminates the transcription of mRNAs that are not translated. These regulators control transcription in response to, for example, metabolites, cellular translation capacity and environmental conditions. The antitermination protein produced at each stage is specific for the particular transcription units that are expressed at that stage. Datta K, von Hippel PH.

The role of other Nus factors in rrn regulation in vivo is not clear. Solution structure of YaeO, a Rho-specific inhibitor of transcription termination. The tryptophanase operon of Proteus vulgaris is thought to be regulated by a mechanism essentially identical to that of E. This binding stabilizes an RNA secondary structure involving the RAT, which prevents formation of the overlapping terminator, and transcription continues into the structural genes. They can be grouped into two classes: The signal-specific mechanisms described above balance gene expression of the target operon in response to a regulatory signal, such as the concentration of a metabolite.

Several mechanisms of antitermination prevent the effect of Rho in these operons. Two classes of regulators help RNAP to read through terminators. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer.