Cassandra L Brinkman

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The par locus of the Enterococcus faecalis plasmid pAD1 is an RNA-regulated addiction module encoding the peptide toxin Fst. Homology searches revealed that Fst belongs to a family of at least nine related peptides encoded on the chromosomes and plasmids of six different Gram-positive bacterial species. Comparison of an alignment of these peptides with the(More)
Overexpression of the Fst toxin in Enterococcus faecalis strain OG1X leads to defects in chromosome segregation, cell division and, eventually, membrane integrity. The M7 mutant derivative of OG1X is resistant to most of these effects but shows a slight growth defect in the absence of Fst. Full-genome sequencing revealed two differences between M7 and its(More)
The par stability determinant of Enterococcus faecalis plasmid pAD1 is the only antisense RNA-regulated addiction module identified to date in gram-positive bacteria. par encodes two small, convergently transcribed RNAs, designated RNA I and RNA II, that function as the toxin (Fst)-encoding and antitoxin components, respectively. Previous work showed that(More)
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