Biology of tRNA halves in Trypanosoma brucei

Fricker, Roger (23 January 2015). Biology of tRNA halves in Trypanosoma brucei (Unpublished). In: Swiss RNA Workshop 2015. Bern. 23.01.2015.

Although T. brucei has to challenge tremendous environment changes, e.g. switch from the bloodstream form in mammalian hosts to the mid gut form present in tsetse flies, there is no evidence for differential
regulation of RNA Pol II transcription. Instead, constitutive transcription appears to occur. This observation indicates that protein levels have to be regulated by post-transcriptional mechanisms. It has been shown that non-protein coding RNAs (ncRNAs) are crucial in regulatory networks (e.g. chromosome remodelling; RNA polymerase activity; mRNA turnover; etc.), but all of the recently discovered ncRNAs involved in translation regulation target the mRNA rather than the ribosome. This is
unexpected, since the ribosome has a central role during gene expression and due to the assumption that the primordial translation system most likely received direct regulatory input from small molecules including ncRNA cofactors.
In our lab, it has been discovered that ncRNAs are able to directly bind to the ribosome, therefore influencing the translation rate in Haloferax volcanii and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In order to extend this idea of ribosome-binding ncRNAs in mammalian parasites, we want to investigate this mechanism in T. brucei. Accordingly, we performed a genomic screen for small ribosome-associated RNAs followed by functional analyses of possible candidates. With the help of this genomic screen, we found tRNAs that are alternated and tRNA halves that are differentially expressed upon nutritional stress.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DCBP)

Graduate School:

Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB)

UniBE Contributor:

Fricker, Roger


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 540 Chemistry




Christina Schüpbach

Date Deposited:

22 Jan 2016 16:48

Last Modified:

22 Jan 2016 16:48


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