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Formation of 100S ribosomes in Staphylococcus aureus by the hibernation promoting factor homolog SaHPF

, : Formation of 100S ribosomes in Staphylococcus aureus by the hibernation promoting factor homolog SaHPF. Genes to Cells 15(1): 43-58

In the stationary growth phase of Escherichia coli, the 70S ribosomes are dimerized by the ribosome modulation factor (RMF) and hibernation promoting factor (HPF) proteins to form 100S ribosomes, which lose translational activity. In this study we found 100S ribosomes in the gram-positive bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, which has an HPF homolog (named SaHPF) but no RMF homolog. Unlike in E. coli, 100S ribosomes exist in all growth phases of S. aureus, with the highest levels at the transition from the exponential phase to the stationary phase. To find the key factors involved in 100S formation, we analyzed proteins associated with crude ribosomes using radical-free and highly reducing 2-D PAGE and MALDI TOF/MS. Only the SaHPF levels changed in parallel with the changes in 100S levels. SaHPF bound preferentially to 70S components in 100S ribosomes, with a molar ratio of 1 : 1 relative to the 70S, but some SaHPF was also detected in free 70S ribosomes. High-salt washing of the crude ribosomes released SaHPF and dissociated the 100S ribosomes to their 70S components. When these 70S components were incubated with purified SaHPF in vitro, they re-associated to form 100S. These results suggest that SaHPF is a key protein involved in 100S ribosome formation in S. aureus.


PMID: 20015224

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2443.2009.01364.x

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