Meghan E Gilmore

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Type III secretion systems (TTSSs) are utilized by numerous bacterial pathogens to inject effector proteins directly into host cells. Using a whole-genome microarray, we investigated the conditions and regulatory factors that control the expression of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa TTSS. The transcriptional response of known TTSS genes indicates a hierarchical(More)
AIMS To determine the effect of sporulation temperature on Bacillus subtilis spore resistance and spore composition. METHODS AND RESULTS Bacillus subtilis spores prepared at temperatures from 22 to 48 degrees C had identical amounts of dipicolinic acid and small, acid-soluble proteins but the core water content was lower in spores prepared at higher(More)
Bacterial spore heat resistance is primarily dependent upon dehydration of the spore cytoplasm, a state that is maintained by the spore peptidoglycan wall, the spore cortex. A peptidoglycan structural modification found uniquely in spores is the formation of muramic delta-lactam. Production of muramic delta-lactam in Bacillus subtilis requires removal of a(More)
The peptidoglycan cortex of endospores of Bacillus species is required for maintenance of spore dehydration and dormancy, and the structure of the cortex may also allow it to function in attainment of spore core dehydration. A significant difference between spore and growing cell peptidoglycan structure is the low degree of peptide cross-linking in cortical(More)
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