Jun 1, 1987

Streptococcus faecium mutants that are temperature sensitive for cell growth and show alterations in penicillin-binding proteins

Journal of Bacteriology
P CanepariG Satta

Abstract

The penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) of 209 cell division (or growth) temperature-sensitive mutants of Streptococcus faecium were analyzed in this study. A total of nine strains showed either constitutive or temperature-sensitive conditional damage in the PBPs. Analysis of these nine strains yielded the following results: one carried a PBP 1 constitutively showing a lower molecular weight; one constitutively lacked PBP 2; two lacked PBP 3 at 42 degrees C, but not at 30 degrees C; one was normal at 30 degrees C but at 42 degrees C lacked PBP 3 and overproduced PBP 5; two were normal at 42 degrees C and lacked PBP 5 at 30 degrees C; one constitutively lacked PBP 5; and one carried a PBP 6 constitutively split in two bands. The mutant lacking PBP 3 and overproducing PBP 5 continued to grow at 42 degrees C for 150 min and then lysed. Revertants selected for growth capability at 42 degrees C from the mutants altered in PBPs 5 and 6 maintained the same PBP alterations, while those isolated from the strains with altered PBP 1 or lacking PBP 2 or PBP 3 showed a normal PBP pattern. Penicillin-resistant derivatives were isolated at 30 degrees C from the mutants lacking PBP 2 and from that lacking PBP 3. All these derivatives continued ...Continue Reading

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Bacterial Proteins
Derivatives
Muramoylpentapeptide Carboxypeptidase
Peptidoglycan synthetase
Cell Division
Streptococcus
Sphingobacterium faecium
Cell Growth
Cell Division Phases
Enterococcus faecium

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