Christine Mézange

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Detailed structural analysis of Lactococcus lactis peptidoglycan was achieved by identification of its constituent muropeptides separated by reverse phase high-performance liquid chromatography. Modification of the classical elution buffer allowed direct and sensitive analysis of the purified muropeptides by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time(More)
The gene xynD (renamed pgdA) of Lactococcus lactis IL1403 was shown to encode a peptidoglycan N-acetylglucosamine deacetylase. Inactivation of pgdA in L. lactis led to fully acetylated peptidoglycan, whereas cloning of pgdA on a multicopy plasmid vector resulted in an increased degree of peptidoglycan deacetylation, as shown by analysis of peptidoglycan(More)
The reduction of tetrazolium salts to coloured formazans is often used as an indicator of cell metabolism during microbiology studies, although the reduction mechanisms have never clearly been established in bacteria. The objective of the present study was to identify the reduction mechanisms of tetrazolium violet (TV) in Lactococcus lactis using a(More)
We described a quorum-sensing mechanism in the streptococci genus involving a short hydrophobic peptide (SHP), which acts as a pheromone, and a transcriptional regulator belonging to the Rgg family. The shp/rgg genes, found in nearly all streptococcal genomes and in several copies in some, have been classified into three groups. We used a genetic approach(More)
YjgB is one of five peptidoglycan hydrolases previously identified in Lactococcus lactis. Analysis of its amino acid sequence revealed that YjgB contains an NlpC/P60 domain, whereas no specific cell wall binding domain or motif could be identified. The NlpC/P60 family is characterized by three conserved residues, a cysteine, a histidine, and a polar(More)
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