David S Capstick

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Morphogenesis in the streptomycetes features the differentiation of substrate-associated vegetative hyphae into upwardly growing aerial filaments. This transition requires the activity of bld genes and the secretion of biosurfactants that reduce the surface tension at the colony-air interface enabling the emergence of nascent aerial hyphae. Streptomyces(More)
The chaplins are a family of eight secreted proteins that are critical for raising aerial hyphae in Streptomyces coelicolor. These eight chaplins can be separated into two main groups: the long chaplins (ChpA to -C) and the short chaplins (ChpD to -H). The short chaplins can be further subdivided on the basis of their abilities to form intramolecular(More)
The chaplin proteins are functional amyloids found in the filamentous Streptomyces bacteria. These secreted proteins are required for the aerial development of Streptomyces coelicolor, and contribute to an intricate rodlet ultrastructure that decorates the surfaces of aerial hyphae and spores. S. coelicolor encodes eight chaplin proteins. Previous studies(More)
S. meliloti forms indeterminate nodules on the roots of its host plant alfalfa (Medicago sativa). Bacteroids of indeterminate nodules are terminally differentiated and, unlike their non-terminally differentiated counterparts in determinate nodules, do not accumulate large quantities of Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) during symbiosis. PhaZ is in intracellular(More)
Streptomyces coelicolor is a multicellular bacterium whose life cycle encompasses three differentiated states: vegetative hyphae, aerial hyphae and spores. Among the factors required for aerial development are the 'chaplins', a family of eight secreted proteins that coat the surface of aerial hyphae. Three chaplins (the 'long' chaplins, ChpA, B and C)(More)
The short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase (SDR) family is one of the largest and most ubiquitous protein families in bacterial genomes. Despite there being a few well-characterized examples, the substrate specificities or functions of most members of the family are unknown. In this study, we carried out a large-scale mutagenesis of the SDR gene family in the(More)
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