The function of micF RNA. micF RNA is a major factor in the thermal regulation of OmpF protein in Escherichia coli

J. Andersen, S. A. Forst, K. Zhao, M. Inouye, N. Delihas

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The role of chromosomally derived micF RNA as a repressor of outer membrane protein OmpF of Escherichia coli was examined for various growth conditions. Levels of micF RNA as determined by Northern analyses are found to increase in response to cell growth at high temperature, in high osmolarity or in the presence of ethanol. After switch to higher growth temperature, the levels of ompF mRNA and of newly synthesized OmpF decrease with time in E. coli strain, MC4100 but these decreases are not observed in isogenic micF deletion strain, SM3001. In addition, while levels of ompF mRNA are substantially reduced in both strains in response to high osmolarity or ethanol at 24 °C, the reduced levels in the parental strain are still 4-5-fold lower compared with the micF deletion strain. These findings indicate that chromosomally derived micF RNA plays a major role in the thermal regulation of OmpF and represses OmpF synthesis in response to several environmental signals by decreasing the levels of ompF mRNA. Analyses of the effect of a multicopy micF plasmid on the levels of OmpF and ompF mRNA after an increase in temperature indicated that multicopies of micF RNA markedly inhibited OmpF synthesis but did not accentuate ompF mRNA decrease. These data suggest that multicopy micF inhibits OmpF synthesis primarily through translational inactivation of ompF mRNA and that a limiting factor in addition to micF RNA is necessary to destabilize ompF mRNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17961-17970
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number30
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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