Biology research team publishes study in Journal of Bacteriology
|Date: Thursday, November 3rd, 2011||Return to Archive|
Students and faculty in WKU’s Biology Department have published a study in the Journal of Bacteriology on an unusual RNA molecule involved in gene regulation.
Viruses must replicate inside host cells and they are dependent on the host cell machinery to express their genes. However, because viruses are small and they carry limited genetic information, they have evolved interesting mechanisms to control the expression of their genes during the infection process.
Dr. Rodney King and his students Alice Wright of Youngsville, N.C.; Courtney Miles of Sanders; Christopher S. Pendleton of Bowling Green; Andrew Ebelhar of Owensboro; Stephanie Lane of Old Hickory, Tenn.; and Prasanna Tamarapu Parthasarathy of India describe the discovery and characterization of new examples of unusual RNA molecules that facilitate gene expression in viruses that infect bacteria. The article, Newly Discovered Antiterminator RNAs in Bacteriophage, appears in the October issue of the Journal of Bacteriology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology.
“The central enzyme in gene expression in all cells is RNA polymerase,” Dr. King said. “This enzyme is responsible for copying the DNA information so that it can be decoded into proteins and other molecules that allow cells to function. Unusual mechanisms of gene control often provide revealing insights into how the activity of RNA polymerase can be manipulated to change gene expression patterns.”
More biology news: Students contribute research to national DNA sequence database.
Contact: Rodney King, (270) 745-6910.
History will be made on Nov. 29 when WKU will get its first chapter of SALUTE, a national honor society for student veterans. Seven charter members will be inducted into SALUTE at 5 p.m. in the Veterans Resource Center, 410 Tate Page Hall.
Three alumni from WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology who work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have been assigned to Puerto Rico to assist in post-hurricane recovery efforts.
On National Philanthropy Day, WKU’s Division of Development & Alumni Relations was rebranded as Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement; Laura Turner Dugas was named the 2017 Philanthropist of the Year; and a gift for diversity initiatives was announced.
WKU’s Forensics Team divided into three groups and traveled to Lebanon, Illinois; Normal, Illinois; and Jefferson City, Tennessee, to compete in six tournaments Nov. 11-12.
Students, faculty, and staff from the Center for Human GeoEnvironmental Studies (CHNGES) and Department of Geography & Geology recently attended national conferences in Arkansas and Washington state.
A bronze statue of longtime WKU supporter and Kentucky State Rep. Jody Richards of Bowling Green was unveiled on WKU’s main campus Monday (Nov. 6) in Jody Richards Hall.
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