Zu Hauptinhalt springen
Startseite UR

Sebastien Fereira-Cerca


Institute of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Biochemistry III - House of the Ribosome
Sébastien Ferreira-Cerca
blank Sfb960 Housemarke Klein Rna-biology blank


Research

Evolutionary Aspects of Ribosome Biogenesis

Ribosomes are universally conserved large ribonucleoprotein particles ensuring protein synthesis in every cell. The universal conservation of ribosome function and structure offers a unique paradigm for understanding how RNP assembly mechanisms and function have evolved. Consequently, deciphering the general principles and differences of ribosome synthesis and function across the different domains of life can contribute to a better understanding of the evolution history of these fundamental processes. However, to achieve such a level of understanding, it is necessary to define conserved and specific principles of the ribosome life cycle in model organisms representative of all domains of life. Whereas, ribosome synthesis has been well characterized in both bacteria and eukarya, the archaeal ribosome biogenesis pathway is, in contrast, still largely unexplored.

Remarkably, the lack of clear conservation between key ribosome biogenesis factors between bacteria and eukarya suggest that most of the ribosome biogenesis process has been almost reengineered in the course of the evolution. Interestingly, genomic and few in vitro analysis suggest the presence of few known bacterial and eukaryotic ribosomes biogenesis factors in archaeal genomes. Thus, suggesting that the archaeal ribosome biogenesis pathway might proceed via a mixture of bacterial and eukaryotic features to which archaeal specific features have been eventually implemented. Moreover, this also suggests that eukaryotic ribosome biogenesis might have evolved, to some extent, on the basis of a “simplified” archaeal ribosome biogenesis pathway. However, to further shed light on the evolution of this pathway, the fundamental molecular biology of this process still needs to be fully defined in any archaeon.

Therefore, to better characterize the ribosome biosynthesis pathway from an evolutionary perspective and to better understand the conserved molecular principles allowing efficient RNP assembly we are analyzing:

I) Ribosome biogenesis in Archaea

We aim to obtain a comprehensive molecular insights into the “Life” and “Death” of ribosomes in archaea. To this end we are using a multidisciplinary approach to:

  1. Define the pre-rRNA processing pathway and its dynamics.
  2. Define key cis- and trans-acting elements involved in ribosomal subunits maturation and determine their detailed molecular functions.
  3. Define the dynamics of assembly and disassembly of ribosomal precursors.

To achieve these goals we are mostly taking advantage of two genetically tractable model archaeon: the halophilic Euryarchaeota Haloferax volcanii and the thermo-acidophile Crenoarchaeota Sulfolobus acidocaldarius.

Further reading:

Knüppel R, Christensen RH, Gray FC, Esser D, Strauß D, Medenbach J, Siebers B, MacNeill SA, LaRonde N, Ferreira-Cerca S. Insights into the evolutionary conserved regulation of Rio ATPase activity. Nucleic Acids Res. 2018 Feb 16;46(3):1441-1456. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx1236. PubMed PMID: 29237037.

Ferreira-Cerca S. Life and Death of Ribosomes in Archaea. In: Clouet-d'Orval B. (eds) RNA Metabolism and Gene Expression in Archaea. Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology, 2017 vol 32. Springer, Cham. Print ISBN 978-3-319-65794-3. Online ISBN 978-3-319-65795-0.

Knüppel R, Kuttenberger C, Ferreira-Cerca S. Toward Time-Resolved Analysis of RNA Metabolism in Archaea Using 4-Thiouracil. Front Microbiol. 2017 Feb 24;8:286. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00286. eCollection 2017. PubMed PMID: 28286499; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5323407.

II) Comparative structural & functional analysis of the evolutionary conserved RIO protein family in RNP biogenesis

The RIO & RIO-like proteins are evolutionary conserved atypical Kinases/ ATPases involved in the biosynthesis of the small ribosomal subunit and some tRNAs. We aim to better characterize the molecular mechanisms of the RIO protein family. To this end, we are performing comparative structural & functional analysis of the RIO protein family using several archaeal and eukaryotic model organisms.

Further reading:

Knüppel R, Christensen RH, Gray FC, Esser D, Strauß D, Medenbach J, Siebers B, MacNeill SA, LaRonde N, Ferreira-Cerca S. Insights into the evolutionary conserved regulation of Rio ATPase activity. Nucleic Acids Res. 2018 Feb 16;46(3):1441-1456. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx1236. PubMed PMID: 29237037.

Ferreira-Cerca S, Kiburu I, Thomson E, LaRonde N, Hurt E. Dominant Rio1 kinase/ATPase catalytic mutant induces trapping of late pre-40S biogenesis factors in 80S-like ribosomes. Nucleic Acids Res. 2014 Jul;42(13):8635-47. doi: 10.1093/nar/gku542. Epub 2014 Jun 19. PubMed PMID: 24948609; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4117770.

Ferreira-Cerca S, Sagar V, Schäfer T, Diop M, Wesseling AM, Lu H, Chai E, Hurt E, LaRonde-LeBlanc N. ATPase-dependent role of the atypical kinase Rio2 on the evolving pre-40S ribosomal subunit. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2012 Dec;19(12):1316-23. doi: 10.1038/nsmb.2403. Epub 2012 Oct 28. PubMed PMID: 23104056; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3515705.

Team

Sébastien Ferreira-Cerca

 
curriculum vitae
   

Current mentees

Knüppel, Robert PhD student
Jüttner, Michael MSc student

Sébastien Ferreira-Cerca - Short CV

since 2013

Academic staff member at the University of Regensburg (Germany), Department of Biochemistry III (Chair: H. Tschochner)
2008 - 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), Biochemistry Center (BZH)  (Lab: E. Hurt)
2003 - 2008 Doctoral Thesis (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Regensburg (Germany) Department of Biochemistry III (Chair: H. Tschochner)

 

 

Publications

Knüppel R, Christensen RH, Gray FC, Esser D, Strauß D, Medenbach J, Siebers B, MacNeill SA, LaRonde N, Ferreira-Cerca S. Insights into the evolutionary conserved regulation of Rio ATPase activity. Nucleic Acids Res. 2018 Feb 16;46(3):1441-1456. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx1236. PubMed PMID: 29237037.

Ferreira-Cerca S. Life and Death of Ribosomes in Archaea. In: Clouet-d'Orval B. (eds) RNA Metabolism and Gene Expression in Archaea. Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology, 2017 vol 32. Springer, Cham. Print ISBN 978-3-319-65794-3. Online ISBN 978-3-319-65795-0.

Knüppel R, Kuttenberger C, Ferreira-Cerca S. Toward Time-Resolved Analysis of RNA Metabolism in Archaea Using 4-Thiouracil. Front Microbiol. 2017 Feb 24;8:286. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00286. eCollection 2017. PubMed PMID: 28286499; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5323407.

Iacovella MG, Golfieri C, Massari LF, Busnelli S, Pagliuca C, Dal Maschio M, Infantino V, Visintin V, Mechtler K, Ferreira-Cerca S, and De Wulf P. The Rio1 kinase downregulates RNA polymerase I to promote rDNA stability and segregation. Nature Communications in press.

Ferreira-Cerca S#*, Kiburu, I#, Thomson E, LaRonde N*, Hurt E*. Dominant Rio1 kinase/ATPase catalytic mutant induces trapping of late pre-40S biogenesis factors in 80S-like ribosomes. Nucleic Acids Research. 2014 Jun 19. Pmc

Thomson E#*, Ferreira-Cerca S#*, Hurt E. Eukaryotic ribosome biogenesis at a glance. J. Cell Sci. 2013 Nov 1;126(Pt 21):4815-21. Jbc Free

Ferreira-Cerca S#, Sagar V#, Schäfer T, Diop M, Wesseling AM, Lu H, Chai E, Hurt E, Laronde-Leblanc N. ATPase-dependent role of the atypical kinase Rio2 on the evolving pre-40S ribosomal subunit. Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol. 2012 Dec;19(12):1316-23.

Pmc

Ferreira-Cerca S, Hurt E. Cell biology: Arrest by ribosome. Nature. 2009 May 7;459(7243):46-7. doi: 10.1038/459046a. PubMed PMID: 19424147.

Ferreira-Cerca S, Pöll G, Kühn H, Neueder A, Jacob S, Tschochner H, Milkereit P. Analysis of the in vivo assembly pathway of eukaryotic 40S ribosomal proteins. Mol. Cell. 2007 Nov 9;28 (3):446-457. Cell Open Access

Ferreira-Cerca S, Pöll G, Gleizes PE, Tschochner H, Milkereit P. Roles of eukaryotic ribosomal proteins in maturation and transport of pre-18S rRNA and ribosome function. Mol. Cell. 2005 Oct 28;20 (2):263-75. Cell Open Access

Leger-Silvestre I, Milkereit P, Ferreira-Cerca S, Saveanu C, Rousselle JC, Choesmel V, Guinefoleau C, Gas N, Gleizes PE. The ribosomal protein Rps15p is required for nuclear exit of the 40S subunit precursors in yeast. EMBO J. 2004 Jun 16;23 (12):2336-47. Pmc

# joint first authors. * joint corresponding authors

teaching

contact

Dr. Sébastien Ferreira-Cerca

Department of Biochemistry III
Biochemistry Center Regensburg
University of Regensburg
Universitaetsstr. 31
Room VKL 5.0.18
D-93053 Regensburg
GERMANY

T: +49-941-943-2539
F: +49-941-943-2474
E: sebastien.ferreira-cerca@ur.de

Map

Sebastien

Directions: How to Get to the University of Regensburg

Maps: Maps of the University Regensburg

  1. Fakultät für Biologie und Vorklinische Medizin
  2. Research Fakultät

Sébastien Ferreira-Cerca

 

Sebastien

sebastien.ferreira-cerca@ur.de
Phone: +49 (941) 9432539
Room: VKL 5.0.18