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Accessibility of the [(14)C]Benzylpenicillin Binding Proteins in Membranes of Sporulating Bacilli

By Thomas E. Hamilton and Paul J. Lawrence


Triton X-100 treatment or freeze-thawing damages the membranes of sporulating or vegetative cells as seen by protein leakage from cells. A 40% increase in the specific [(14)C]benzylpenicillin-binding capacity of detergent-treated or frozen sporulating cells was observed. Neither freezing nor Triton X-100 treatment of vegetative cells produced a detectable effect on their [(14)C]benzylpenicillin-binding capacity. These data indicate the presence of penicillin-binding sites in intact sporulating bacilli not accessible to penicillin in routine binding assays. The chemical specificity of [(14)C]benzylpenicillin binding to detergent-treated sporulating cells is similar to that observed with untreated vegetative or sporulating cells

Topics: Physiological Effects and Microbial Susceptibility
Year: 1975
DOI identifier: 10.1128/aac.8.1.38
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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