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Special Issue "Non-coding Small RNAs (sRNAs) in Prokaryotic Systems"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alicja Wegrzyn

Guest Editor
Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Gdansk, Poland
Interests: biology of bacteriophages; biodiversity of bacteriophages; regulation of bacteriophage development; regulation of phage gene expression; control of phage DNA replication; phage therapy; phages bearing genes of toxins; bacteriophage genomics
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Dr. Sylwia Bloch
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Assistant Guest Editor
Laboratory of Phage Therapy, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Gdańsk, Poland
Interests: bacteriophages; phage therapy; EHEC; Shiga toxins; small non-coding RNAs; gene expression
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Dr. Monika Maciag-Dorszynska

Assistant Guest Editor
Laboratory of Phage Therapy, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Gdańsk, Poland

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) occur in all kingdoms of life and have become increasingly recognized as a novel class of gene expression regulators. Interestingly, in recent years many sRNA sequences were discovered not only in multicellular organisms, but also in the genomes of wide range of bacteria (also pathogenic species) and bacteriophages (shortly phages). In the case of bacteria, these mysterious molecules affect many important processes such as carbon metabolism, virulence, colonization ability, motility, quorum sensing, biofilm formation, bacterial adaptation to changing conditions, response to stress and cell growth or death. In turn, sRNAs of phage origin play essential roles during the early stage of infection, maintaining the state of lysogeny and silencing the expression of late structural genes, thereby regulating the transition between phage life cycles. However, in comparison to the very large number of reports concerning eukaryotic sRNA molecules, current knowledge about such regulatory particles in prokaryotic systems is only “a drop in the ocean” and there is an urgent need to continue research in this field. In this light, the aim of this Special Issue is to collect and publish results of studies, as well as critical review articles on recent achievements in bacteria- and phages-derived sRNAs unexplored research area. Manuscripts on processes studied on the genome, transcriptome, proteome and metabolome levels will be desirable.

Dr. Alicja Wegrzyn
Guest Editor
Dr. Sylwia Bloch
Dr. Monika Maciag-Dorszynska
Assistant Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Prokaryotes
  • Non-coding small RNAs
  • Gene expression regulators
  • Pathogenic species of bacteria
  • Bacteriophages
  • The genome, transcriptome, proteome and metabolome levels

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