Antisense RNA molecules are powerful tools for controlling the expression of specific genes but their use in prokaryotes has been limited by their unpredictable antisense effectiveness. Moreover, appreciation of the molecular mechanisms associated with silencing in bacteria is still restricted. Here we report our attempts to define an effective antisense strategy in E. coli, and to dissect the observed silencing process. Antisense constructs complementary to different regions of lacZ were investigated, and silencing was observed exclusively upon expression of antisense RNA hybridising the 5'UTR of lac messenger. The level of lacZ mRNA was reduced upon expression of this antisense construct, and the silencing competence was found to be closely associated with its stability. These observations may help in the design of antisense molecules directed against prokaryotic genes.

Artificial antisense RNAs silence lacZ in E. coli by decreasing target mRNA concentration

STEFAN, ALESSANDRA;HOCHKOEPPLER, ALEJANDRO
2008

Abstract

Antisense RNA molecules are powerful tools for controlling the expression of specific genes but their use in prokaryotes has been limited by their unpredictable antisense effectiveness. Moreover, appreciation of the molecular mechanisms associated with silencing in bacteria is still restricted. Here we report our attempts to define an effective antisense strategy in E. coli, and to dissect the observed silencing process. Antisense constructs complementary to different regions of lacZ were investigated, and silencing was observed exclusively upon expression of antisense RNA hybridising the 5'UTR of lac messenger. The level of lacZ mRNA was reduced upon expression of this antisense construct, and the silencing competence was found to be closely associated with its stability. These observations may help in the design of antisense molecules directed against prokaryotic genes.
Stefan A.; Tonelli A.; Schwarz F.; Hochkoeppler A.
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