Number of cleavages to be made by RNAse E

Range in rRNA precursors 150,000: in tRNA precursors 248,000: in mRNAs ≤90,000 cleavages/generation
Organism Bacteria Escherichia coli
Reference Mackie GA RNase E: at the interface of bacterial RNA processing and decay. Nat Rev Microbiol. 2013 Jan11(1):45-57. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro2930. p.51 box 2PubMed ID23241849
Comments "In quantitative terms, where does RNase E invest its enzymatic turnovers? This can be estimated with the following assumptions. In a culture of Escherichia coli K12 that grows with a doubling time of about 30 minutes, there will be approximately 50,000 ribosomes [BNID 111527], 375,000 tRNAs [BNID 108611] (7.5 per ribosome) and perhaps a single to at most ten copies of each of the ~2,000 mRNAs per cell. Each mRNA is assumed to be transcribed 5–10 times per generation (BNID 111529)(thus, ~30,000 mRNA transcripts per generation, assuming that there are three copies of each mRNA and these are each transcribed five times per generation). To a first approximation, RNase E must make 150,000 cleavages in rRNA precursors, 248,000 cleavages in tRNA precursors and up to 90,000 cleavages in mRNAs (assuming three per mRNA) during every generation."
Entered by Uri M
ID 111530