Published on Jan. 1, 2004 in J Bacteriol volume 186.

PubMed ID: 14729701


The modified nucleoside 2-thiocytidine (s(2)C) has so far been found in tRNA from organisms belonging to the phylogenetic domains Archaea and BACTERIA: In the bacteria Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, s(2)C is present in position 32 of only four tRNA species-, and. An in-frame deletion of an S. enterica gene (designated ttcA, for "two-thio-cytidine") was constructed, and such a mutant has no detectable s(2)C in its tRNA. The TtcA protein family is characterized by the existence of both a PP-loop and a Cys-X(1)-X(2)-Cys motif in the central region of the protein but can be divided into two distinct groups based on the presence and location of additional Cys-X(1)-X(2)-Cys motifs in terminal regions of the sequence. Mutant analysis showed that both cysteines in this central conserved Cys-X(1)-X(2)-Cys motif are required for the formation of s(2)C. The DeltattcA1 mutant grows at the same rate as the congenic wild-type strain, and no growth disadvantage caused by the lack of s(2)C was observed in a mixed-population experiment. Lack of s(2)C32 did not reduce the selection rate at the ribosomal aminoacyl-tRNA site (A-site) for at any of its cognate CGN codons, whereas A-site selection at AGG by was dependent on the presence of s(2)C32. The presence of s(2)C32 in peptidyl- or in peptidyl- interfered with decoding in the A-site. The presence of s(2)C32 in decreased the rate of translation of the CGA codon but not that of the CGU codon.

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