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Mol Microbiol. 1997 Sep;25(5):945-54.

Direct evidence for active segregation of oriC regions of the Bacillus subtilis chromosome and co-localization with the SpoOJ partitioning protein.

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Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, UK.


We have developed methods for labelling regions of the Bacillus subtilis chromosome with the nucleotide analogue 5-bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) and for subcellular visualization of the labelled DNA. Examination of oriC-labelled chromosomes in outgrowing spores has provided direct evidence for active segregation of sister chromosomes. Co-immunodetection of Spo0J and BrdU-labelled DNA has directly confirmed the expected close association between this chromosome partitioning protein and the oriC region of the chromosome. The results provide further support for the notion that bacterial cells use an active mitotic-like mechanism to segregate their chromosomes.

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