Current Research
Ryszard Kierzek
Ewa Biala
Agata Fratczak
Michal Jenek
Anna Marciniak
Dorota Wojciechowska
Agata Frątczak, MS


Current research activity of Agata Frątczak

Agata Fratczak is a third year graduate student. She has been applied isoenergetic microarrays to study the structure of RNA as well as the RNA-protein and RNA-RNA interactions. She began her research on two regulatory RNAs: DsrA (87 nucleotides) and OxyS (109 nucleotides) from E. coli. These RNAs bind to target mRNAs and influence protein translation and Hfq protein facilitates this process. OxyS is involved in transcription regulation over 40 genes such as fhlA and rpoS. DsrA regulates rpoS and hns mRNA transcription. On initial step of the work Agata Fratczak determined the secondary structure of those regulatory RNAs using the microarray mapping method. Once the structures were solved she moved on to investigate the interaction of regulatory RNAs with Hfq protein. Using microarray mapping method she was able to identify a single stranded region of the RNA which is involved in the RNA-protein complex formation. She has just started studying complexes which involve regulatory RNA and target mRNA leader fragments found to be involved in complementary interactions with DsrA RNA and OxyS RNA. In the near future, she will study three molecular complexes included both interacting RNAs and additionally Hfq protein.
Recently, Agata Fratczak also solved the secondary structures for two new RNAs as a part of a collaboration with Prof. Beatrix Susses from University of Frankfurt. Professor Susses is working on riboswitches and has recently identified two putative riboswitch RNAs (Sc1 and Sc32, that are 190 and 147 nt long, respectively) whose biological function has yet to be determined. They were isolated from Streptomyces coelicolor, soil-dwelling bacteria which are notable for their production of large variety of antibiotics and other pharmaceutically useful compound including anti-tumour agents and immunosupressants.

MS degree (2005) Molecular Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Department of Biology, Poznan, Poland

Scientific Awards of Agata Frątczak
  • American Chemical Society award for poster at "RNA Chemistry meets Biology" conference, Lund, Sweden, 2006
  • Award of the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, course entitled "RNA structure and function", Trieste, 2006

  • List of publications
    1 P. Kedziora, M. Figlerowicz, P. Formanowicz, M. Alejska, P. Jackowiak, N. Malinowska, A. Fratczak, J. Blazewicz, M. Figlerowicz, Computational methods in diagnostics of chronic hepatitis C. Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences; Technical Sciences, 53, 273-281 (2005)
    2 E. Kierzek, A. Fratczak, A. Pasternak, D. H. Turner and R. Kierzek, Isoenergetic RNA microarrays, a new method to study the structure and interactions of RNA. 2nd European Conference on Chemistry for Life Sciences, Wroclaw, Medimond, International Proceedings Division, p. 25-30, Bologna, Italy (2007)
    3 A. Pasternak, E. Kierzek, K. Pasternak, A. Fratczak, D. H. Turner and R. Kierzek, The thermodynamics of 3'-terminal pyrene and guanosine for the design of isoenergetic 2'-O-methyl RNA-LNA chimeric oligonucleotide probes of RNA structure. Biochemistry, 47, 1249-1258 (2008)