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Superresolution imaging of ribosomes and RNA polymerase in live Escherichia coli cells.

Bakshi, S and Siryaporn, A and Goulian, M and Weisshaar, JC (2012) Superresolution imaging of ribosomes and RNA polymerase in live Escherichia coli cells. Mol Microbiol, 85. pp. 21-38. ISSN 0950-382X

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Quantitative spatial distributions of ribosomes (S2-YFP) and RNA polymerase (RNAP; β'-yGFP) in live Escherichia coli are measured by superresolution fluorescence microscopy. In moderate growth conditions, nucleoid-ribosome segregation is strong, and RNAP localizes to the nucleoid lobes. The mean copy numbers per cell are 4600 RNAPs and 55,000 ribosomes. Only 10-15% of the ribosomes lie within the densest part of the nucleoid lobes, and at most 4% of the RNAPs lie in the two ribosome-rich endcaps. The predominant observed diffusion coefficient of ribosomes is D(ribo) = 0.04 µm(2) s(-1), attributed to free mRNA being translated by one or more 70S ribosomes. We find no clear evidence of subdiffusion, as would arise from tethering of ribosomes to the DNA. The degree of DNA-ribosome segregation strongly suggests that in E. coli most translation occurs on free mRNA transcripts that have diffused into the ribosome-rich regions. Both RNAP and ribosome radial distributions extend to the cytoplasmic membrane, consistent with the transertion hypothesis. However, few if any RNAP copies lie near the membrane of the endcaps. This suggests that if transertion occurs, it exerts a direct radially expanding force on the nucleoid, but not a direct axially expanding force.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: DNA, Bacterial DNA-Directed RNA Polymerases Escherichia coli Escherichia coli Proteins Image Processing, Computer-Assisted Microscopy, Fluorescence Ribosomes
Divisions: Div F > Control
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 23 May 2019 02:03
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2021 05:49
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2012.08081.x