Inactivation of Cell Division Protein FtsZ by SulA Makes Lon Indispensable for the Viability of a ppGpp0 Strain of Escherichia coli

Nazir, Aanisa (2016) Inactivation of Cell Division Protein FtsZ by SulA Makes Lon Indispensable for the Viability of a ppGpp0 Strain of Escherichia coli. Journal of Bacteriology, 198 (4). pp. 688-700.

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Abstract

The modified nucleotides (p)ppGpp play an important role in bacterial physiology. While the accumulation of the nucleotides is vital for adaptation to various kinds of stress, changes in the basal level modulates growth rate and vice versa. Studying the phenotypes unique to the strain lacking (p)ppGpp (ppGpp0) under overtly unstressed growth conditions may be useful to understand functions regulated by basal levels of (p)ppGpp and its physiological significance. In this study, we show that the ppGpp0 strain, unlike the wild type, requires the Lon protease for cell division and viability in LB. Our results indicate the decrease in FtsZ concentration in the ppGpp0 strain makes cell division vulnerable to SulA inhibition. We did not find evidence for SOS induction contributing to the cell division defect in the ppGpp0 Δlon strain. Based on the results, we propose that basal levels of (p)ppGpp are required to sustain normal cell division in Escherichia coli during growth in rich medium and that the basal SulA level set by Lon protease is important for insulating cell division against a decrease in FtsZ concentration and conditions that can increase the susceptibility of FtsZ to SulA.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research > Research Center - Health Sciences
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2016 16:28
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 16:28
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/146339

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