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<p>We thank B. Beltchev for purification of Hfq, S. Cusack and A. J.
Carpousis for the gift of PAP I, A. Ishihama for Hfq antibodies used in 
Hfq purification, M. E. Winkler for strains TX2808 and TX2758, I. Boni 
for reminding us that Hfq binds poly(A), M. Springer for suggesting 
that Hfq might relate PAPs to primitive telomerase, Ph. Derreumeaux 
for help in sequence comparisons, M. Grunberg-Manago, C. Condon 
and R. Buckingham for reading the manuscript, and H. Weber for advice. 
We also acknowledge Minist&#x00E8;re de l'Education Nationale de la 
Recherche et de la Technologie, Centre National de la Recherche 
Scientifique, and Paris7 University for support.</p>