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Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 1998 Sep;62(9):1707-13.

Restricted transcription from sigma H or phosphorylated spo0A dependent promoters in the temperature-sensitive secA341 mutant of Bacillus subtilis.

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Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, University of Tokyo, Japan.


The temperature-sensitive secA341 mutation of Bacillus subtilis affects sporulation and sporulation-associated events as well as protein secretion and cell septation. With lacZ or bgaB fusion genes, we examined the expression of the early sporulation genes in the mutant strain. Transcriptional expression of delta H dependent kinA, spo0A (Ps), phrC, spoVG, and citG (p2) genes was blocked by the secA341 mutation at 37 degrees C. On the other hand, neither repression of the abrB gene nor induction of the spoH (delta H) gene was affected. Active RNA polymerase containing delta H was, however, found to be produced in the mutant cells. Expression of the phosphorylated Spo0A dependent spoIIG operon was also blocked. Thus the secA341 mutation blocks some step(s) or factor(s) required for delta H-dependent transcription in vivo.

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