Small RNAs in Escherichia Coli

Trends Microbiol. 1999 Jan;7(1):37-45. doi: 10.1016/s0966-842x(98)01379-1.


Bacterial cells contain several small RNAs (sRNAs) that are not translated. These stable, abundant RNAs act by multiple mechanisms, such as RNA-RNA basepairing, RNA-protein interactions and intrinsic RNA activity, and regulate diverse cellular functions, including RNA processing, mRNA stability, translation, protein stability and secretion.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Escherichia coli / chemistry
  • Escherichia coli / genetics*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • RNA, Bacterial* / chemistry
  • RNA, Bacterial* / metabolism
  • RNA, Bacterial* / physiology


  • RNA, Bacterial