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is the causative agent of gonorrhoea, the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease. Riboregulation mediated by small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs) is increasingly recognized as an important means of gene expression control in this human-restricted pathogen. sRNAs act at the post-transcriptional level by base-pairing with their target mRNAs which affects translation initiation and/or mRNA stability. In this study we initiated the characterization of a pair of highly conserved sRNAs of which exhibit redundant functions in the control of a common set of target genes. The identified targets of the sibling sRNAs NgncR_162 and NgncR_163 participate in basic metabolic processes including the methylcitrate and citrate cycle, aa uptake and degradation, and also in transcription regulation. Our data indicate that the sibling sRNAs control their targets via direct base-pairing between the same single-stranded domain(s) of the sRNA and the ribosome binding site in the 5′-untranslated region of the mRNA.

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