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Arch Microbiol. 1999 May-Jun;171(6):439-43.

Analysis of the expression and function of the sigmaB-dependent general stress regulon of Bacillus subtilis during slow growth.

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Institut für Mikrobiologie und Molekularbiologie, Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Strasse 15, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, D-17487 Greifswald, Germany. schweder@microbio1.biologie.uni-greifswald.de

Abstract

Glucose-limited continuous cultures were used to analyze sigmaB activity at decreasing growth rates. Expression of the sigmaB-dependent genes gsiB and ctc started to increase at a growth rate of 0.2 h-1, and both genes were induced approximately fivefold at a growth rate of 0.1 h-1 as compared to expression at the maximal growth rate. However, maximal sigmaB activity was only reached when the growth stopped as a result of the exhaustion of the carbon and energy source glucose. During glucose-limited growth, increased expression of the general stress regulon at growth rates below 0.2 h-1 did not provide wild-type cells with a growth advantage over sigB mutants. Instead, expression of the stress regulon seems to constitute a significant burden during glucose-limited growth, resulting in a selective growth advantage of the sigB mutant as compared to the wild-type at a growth rate of 0.08 h-1.

PMID:
10369900
DOI:
10.1007/s002030050731
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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