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      The Dynamics of Mycoplasma gallisepticum Nucleoid Structure at the Exponential and Stationary Growth Phases


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          The structure and dynamics of bacterial nucleoids play important roles in regulating gene expression. Bacteria of class Mollicutes and, in particular, mycoplasmas feature extremely reduced genomes. They lack multiple structural proteins of the nucleoid, as well as regulators of gene expression. We studied the organization of Mycoplasma gallisepticum nucleoids in the stationary and exponential growth phases at the structural and protein levels. The growth phase transition results in the structural reorganization of M. gallisepticum nucleoid. In particular, it undergoes condensation and changes in the protein content. The observed changes corroborate with the previously identified global rearrangement of the transcriptional landscape in this bacterium during the growth phase transition. In addition, we identified that the glycolytic enzyme enolase functions as a nucleoid structural protein in this bacterium. It is capable of non-specific DNA binding and can form fibril-like complexes with DNA.

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              Using a modified method that involves minimal manipulation of cells, we report new information about nucleotide pool sizes and changes throughout the Escherichia coli growth curve. Nucleotide pool sizes are critically dependent on sample manipulation and extraction methods. Centrifugation and even short (2 min) lapses in sample preparation can dramatically affect results. The measured ATP concentration at three different growth rates is at least 3 mM, well above the 0.8 mM needed to saturate the rRNA promoter P1 in vitro. Many of the pools, including ATP, GTP, and UTP, begin to decrease while the cells are still in mid-log growth. After an almost universal drop in nucleotide concentration as the cells transition from logarithmic to stationary phase, there is a "rebound" of certain nucleotides, most notably ATP, after the cells enter stationary phase, followed by a progressive decrease. UTP, in contrast, increases as the cells transition into stationary phase. The higher UTP values might be related to elevated UDP-glucose/galactose, which was found to be at higher concentrations than expected in stationary phase. dTTP is the most abundant deoxynucleoside triphosphate (dNTP) in the cell despite the fact that its precursors, UDP and UTP, are not. All dNTPs decrease through the growth curve but do not have the abrupt drop, as seen with other nucleotides when the cells transition into stationary phase.

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                Front Microbiol
                Front Microbiol
                Front. Microbiol.
                Frontiers in Microbiology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                18 November 2021
                : 12
                [1] 1Federal Research and Clinical Center of Physical-Chemical Medicine of Federal Medical Biological Agency , Moscow, Russia
                [2] 2Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences , Moscow, Russia
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                Edited by: Hari S. Misra, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), India

                Reviewed by: Ganesh Maurya, Banaras Hindu University, India; William Navarre, University of Toronto, Canada; Mitsuo Ogura, Tokai University, Japan

                *Correspondence: Gleb Y. Fisunov, herr.romanoff@ 123456gmail.com

                This article was submitted to Microbial Physiology and Metabolism, a section of the journal Frontiers in Microbiology

                Copyright © 2021 Fisunov, Zubov, Pobeguts, Varizhuk, Galyamina, Evsyutina, Semashko, Manuvera, Kovalchuk, Ziganshin, Barinov, Klinov and Govorun.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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                Figures: 6, Tables: 0, Equations: 0, References: 43, Pages: 13, Words: 9104
                Funded by: Russian Science Foundation, doi 10.13039/501100006769;
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