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BMC Genomics

, 9:217

First Online: 13 May 2008Received: 11 December 2007Accepted: 13 May 2008


BackgroundThe first systematic study of small non-coding RNAs sRNA, ncRNA in Streptomyces is presented. Except for a few exceptions, the Streptomyces sRNAs, as well as the sRNAs in other genera of the Actinomyces group, have remained unstudied. This study was based on sequence conservation in intergenic regions of Streptomyces, localization of transcription termination factors, and genomic arrangement of genes flanking the predicted sRNAs.

ResultsThirty-two potential sRNAs in Streptomyces were predicted. Of these, expression of 20 was detected by microarrays and RT-PCR. The prediction was validated by a structure based computational approach. Two predicted sRNAs were found to be terminated by transcription termination factors different from the Rho-independent terminators. One predicted sRNA was identified computationally with high probability as a Streptomyces 6S RNA. Out of the 32 predicted sRNAs, 24 were found to be structurally dissimilar from known sRNAs.

ConclusionStreptomyces is the largest genus of Actinomyces, whose sRNAs have not been studied. The Actinomyces is a group of bacterial species with unique genomes and phenotypes. Therefore, in Actinomyces, new unique bacterial sRNAs may be identified. The sequence and structural dissimilarity of the predicted Streptomyces sRNAs demonstrated by this study serve as the first evidence of the uniqueness of Actinomyces sRNAs.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2164-9-217 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Josef Pánek - Jan Bobek - Karel Mikulík - Marek Basler - Jiří Vohradský


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