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Mol Gen Genet. 1988 Apr;212(1):166-71.

Effects on growth and sporulation of inactivation of a Bacillus subtilis gene (ctc) transcribed in vitro by minor vegetative cell RNA polymerases (E-sigma 37, E-sigma 32).

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Department of Microbiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio 78284.


The E-sigma 37-transcribed gene ctc was inactivated by a site-specific insertion into the Bacillus subtilis chromosome. The resulting mutation inhibited sporulation by 95% at elevated temperatures (48 degrees C). If the ctc- mutation is placed in a strain that carries a mutation in the closely linked but distinct spoVC gene, ctc now affects both growth and sporulation at elevated temperatures. Growth of the ctc- spoVC285 strain was transiently inhibited when exponentially growing cultures were shifted from 37 degrees C to 48 degrees C. A similar, but less pronounced "growth lag", was also seen in a B. subtilis strain carrying only the spoVC-285 mutation. This finding suggests that both the ctc and spoVC products function in vegetatively growing B. subtilis.

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