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Accumulation of a murein-membrane attachment site fraction when cell division is blocked in lkyD and cha mutants of Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli.

By A S Chakraborti, K Ishidate, W R Cook, J Zrike and L I Rothfield


Membrane fractionation studies were performed on Salmonella typhimurium lkyD(Ts) and E. coli cha(Ts) mutants that appeared to be blocked at a late stage of the cell division cycle. In both cases growth of the mutant strains at nonpermissive temperatures was associated with accumulation of a characteristic cell envelope fraction (fraction OML) that contained inner membrane, murein, and outer membrane components. The isolated fraction corresponded in composition and bouyant density to a fraction from wild-type strains that had previously been suggested (M. H. Bayer, G. P. Costello, and M. E. Bayer, J. Bacteriol. 149:758-767, 1982; K. Ishidate, E. S. Creeger, J. Zrike, S. Deb, B. Glauner, T. J. MacAlister, and L. I. Rothfield, J. Biol. Chem. 261:428-443, 1986) to contain adhesion sites between inner membrane, murein, and outer membrane. The accumulation of OML in LkyD- and Cha- cells was prevented by treatments that blocked DNA synthesis. The effects of interference with DNA synthesis did not appear to involve the SOS response

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1986
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