Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655 Polypeptide: 50S ribosomal subunit-binding toxin of a predicted toxin-antitoxin pair

Gene: ratA Accession Numbers: G7358 (EcoCyc), b2619, ECK2615

Synonyms: yfjG

Regulation Summary Diagram: ?

Regulation summary diagram for ratA

RatA is a toxic protein that inhibits initiation of translation by specifically associating with the free 50S subunit of the ribosome and inhibiting 70S ribosome formation. RatA is unable to dissociate 70S ribosomes and has no effect on cellular mRNAs [Zhang11d].

Inducing expression of RatA causes inhibition of cell growth [Brown03, Zhang11d]. Deletion of the orthologous pasTI locus alone in the uropathogenic E. coli CFT073 causes a defect in colonizing the kidneys of a mouse UTI model system and a defect in persister cell formation. In contrast, deletion of ratAB does not affect persister cell formation in E. coli K-12 MG1655 and does not increase sensitivity to nitrosative stress caused by acidified sodium nitrite (ASN). However, low-level expression of RatA does increase resistance to ASN [Norton12].

RatA: "ribosome association toxin A" [Zhang11d]

Map Position: [2,752,310 <- 2,752,786] (59.32 centisomes, 214°)
Length: 477 bp / 158 aa

Molecular Weight of Polypeptide: 17.727 kD (from nucleotide sequence)

Unification Links: ASAP:ABE-0008618 , EchoBASE:EB2985 , EcoGene:EG13193 , EcoliWiki:b2619 , OU-Microarray:b2619 , PortEco:yfjG , Protein Model Portal:P0AGL5 , RefSeq:NP_417109 , RegulonDB:G7358 , SMR:P0AGL5 , String:511145.b2619 , UniProt:P0AGL5

Relationship Links: InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR005031 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR023393 , Pfam:IN-FAMILY:PF03364

GO Terms:

Biological Process: GO:0045947 - negative regulation of translational initiation Inferred from experiment [Zhang11d]
Molecular Function: GO:0043023 - ribosomal large subunit binding Inferred from experiment [Zhang11d]

MultiFun Terms: cell processes protection cell killing

Essentiality data for ratA knockouts: ?

Growth Medium Growth? T (°C) O2 pH Osm/L Growth Observations
LB Lennox Yes 37 Aerobic 7   Yes [Baba06, Comment 1]
M9 medium with 1% glycerol Yes 37 Aerobic 7.2 0.35 Yes [Joyce06, Comment 2]
MOPS medium with 0.4% glucose Yes 37 Aerobic 7.2 0.22 Yes [Baba06, Comment 1]

Last-Curated ? 08-Nov-2012 by Keseler I , SRI International

Gene Local Context (not to scale): ?

Gene local context diagram

Transcription Unit:

Transcription-unit diagram


Peter D. Karp on Thu Jan 16, 2003:
Predicted gene function revised as a result of E. coli genome reannotation by Serres et al. [Serres01 ].
Markus Krummenacker on Tue Oct 14, 1997:
Gene object created from Blattner lab Genbank (v. M52) entry.


Baba06: Baba T, Ara T, Hasegawa M, Takai Y, Okumura Y, Baba M, Datsenko KA, Tomita M, Wanner BL, Mori H (2006). "Construction of Escherichia coli K-12 in-frame, single-gene knockout mutants: the Keio collection." Mol Syst Biol 2;2006.0008. PMID: 16738554

Brown03: Brown JM, Shaw KJ (2003). "A novel family of Escherichia coli toxin-antitoxin gene pairs." J Bacteriol 185(22);6600-8. PMID: 14594833

Joyce06: Joyce AR, Reed JL, White A, Edwards R, Osterman A, Baba T, Mori H, Lesely SA, Palsson BO, Agarwalla S (2006). "Experimental and computational assessment of conditionally essential genes in Escherichia coli." J Bacteriol 188(23);8259-71. PMID: 17012394

Norton12: Norton JP, Mulvey MA (2012). "Toxin-Antitoxin Systems Are Important for Niche-Specific Colonization and Stress Resistance of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli." PLoS Pathog 8(10);e1002954. PMID: 23055930

Serres01: Serres MH, Gopal S, Nahum LA, Liang P, Gaasterland T, Riley M (2001). "A functional update of the Escherichia coli K-12 genome." Genome Biol 2(9);RESEARCH0035. PMID: 11574054

Zhang11d: Zhang Y, Inouye M (2011). "RatA (YfjG), an Escherichia coli toxin, inhibits 70S ribosome association to block translation initiation." Mol Microbiol 79(6);1418-29. PMID: 21323758

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