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Vol 48 No. 4: 354-362 [PDF] [Full Text]
 
Bacillus thuringiensis peptidoglycan hydrolase SleB171 involved in daughter cell separation during cell division
 
Hua Li, Penggao Hu, Xiuyun Zhao, Ziniu Yu and Lin Li*
 
State Key Laboratory of Agricultural Microbiology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
 

Abstract  Whole-genome analyses have revealed a putative cell wall hydrolase gene (sleB171) that constitutes an operon with two other genes (ypeB and yhcN) of unknown function in Bacillus thuringiensis BMB171. The putative SleB171 protein consists of 259 amino acids and has a molecular weight of 28.3 kDa. Gene disruption of sleB171 in the BMB171 genome causes the formation of long cell chains during the vegetative growth phase and delays spore formation and spore release, although it has no significant effect on cell growth and the ultimate release of the spores. The inseparable vegetative cells were nearly restored through the complementation of sleB171 expression. Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis revealed that sleB171 is mainly active in the vegetative growth phase, with a maximum activity at the early stationary growth phase. Western blot analysis also confirmed that sleB171 is preferentially expressed during the vegetative growth phase. These results demonstrated that SleB171 plays an essential role in the daughter cell separation during cell division.

 

Keywords   Bacillus thuringiensis; peptidoglycan hydrolase; SleB171; cell division

 

Received   2015-10-30  
Accepted  
1014-12-7

 

Funding  This work was financially supported by the grants from the National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2013CB127504), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31270158), and Non-Profit Science and Technology Research Funds of Hubei Province

 

* Correspondence address  Tel: +86-27-87286952; Fax: +86-27-87280670; E-mail: lilin@mail.hzau.edu.cn

 
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