Expression of divIB of Bacillus subtilis during vegetative growth

Harry, E. J., Rowland, S. L., Malo, M. S. and Wake, R. G. (1994) Expression of divIB of Bacillus subtilis during vegetative growth. Journal of Bacteriology, 176 4: 1172-1179.

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Author Harry, E. J.
Rowland, S. L.
Malo, M. S.
Wake, R. G.
Title Expression of divIB of Bacillus subtilis during vegetative growth
Journal name Journal of Bacteriology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-9193
Publication date 1994-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 176
Issue 4
Start page 1172
End page 1179
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Society for Microbiology
Language eng
Abstract Expression of the division initiation gene, divIB, of Bacillus subtilis vegetative growth was examined. lacZ fusion studies and transcription start point mapping have established that a sigma A promoter proximal to divIB is utilized in vivo. The -10 region of this promoter, which is located 93 bp upstream of the start codon, has been defined precisely by site-directed mutagenesis that destroys the promoter. Examination of transcripts by Northern (RNA) blotting has shown that there are at least two transcripts for divIB. The established proximal promoter was found to give rise to a very minor transcript which could not be convincingly demonstrated in wild-type cells but which became apparent upon insertion of a plasmid into the chromosome just upstream of this promoter. The major transcript for divIB originated from a site several kb upstream of the gene and is probably the same as the long polycistronic message also traversing the murD-spoVE-murG genes that was identified previously by others (A.D. Henriques, H. de Lencastre, and P.J. Piggot, Biochimie 74:735-748, 1992). Transcription from the proximal promoter alone, in an upstream-deletion mutant strain, provided sufficient DivIB for normal growth and division as well as sporulation.
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