Characterization of Yfr7. (a) Sequence alignment of Yfr7 from four marine cyanobacteria. The 5' end transcriptional initiation site (TIS) was mapped for Yfr7 from MED4 and SS120. (b) In Northern blots, a signal for the predicted Yfr7 was detected with RNA from all four strains and seven additional strains from the marine cyanobacterial radiation: Prochlorococcus NATL2A (N2), MED4 (MED), SS120 (SS1), MIT 9313 (MIT), MIT 9312 (9312), MIT 9211 (9211), MIT 9215 (9215) and Synechococcus WH 8102 (WH8), WH 7803 (7803), WH 8020 (8020), RS9906 (9906). The high-light-adapted Prochlorococcus strains are labelled in red, low-light-adapted strains in blue, and Synechococcus strains are colour-coded in green; M indicates the marker lane. Numbers indicate lengths of RNA markers in nucleotides. (c) Prediction of secondary structure of the Synechococcus WH 8102 ncRNA Yfr7.