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J Gen Microbiol. 1986 May;132(5):1401-5.

Mutants of Streptococcus pneumoniae that contain a temperature-sensitive autolysin.


Two mutants of Streptococcus pneumoniae deficient in autolysin activity produced a protein that showed immunological identity with the N-acetyl-muramyl-L-alanyl-amidase present in the wild-type strain, when tested with antiserum obtained against this enzyme. The protein was produced by the mutant cultures grown either at 37 degrees C or at 30 degrees C, although only the cell extracts obtained at 30 degrees C showed significant cell wall hydrolysing activity. In contrast to the lysis resistance of these bacteria grown at 37 degrees C, mutant cultures grown at 30 degrees C exhibited significant degrees of autolysis when treated with detergent or cell wall inhibitors. Extracts of the mutant cultures contained a cell wall hydrolysing activity that was rapidly inactivated during incubation at 37 degrees C.

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