P S Margolis

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Early in the process of spore formation in Bacillus subtilis a septum is formed that partitions the sporangium into daughter cells called the forespore and the mother cell. The daughter cells each have their own chromosome but follow dissimilar programs of gene expression. Differential gene expression in the forespore is now shown to be established by the(More)
The sporulation operon spoIIA of Bacillus subtilis consists of three cistrons called spoIIAA, spoIIAB, and spoIIAC. Little is known about the function of spoIIAA and spoIIAB, but spoIIAC encodes a sigma factor called sigma F, which is capable of directing the transcription in vitro of genes that are expressed in the forespore chamber of the developing(More)
The Bacillus subtilis divIVB1 mutation causes aberrant positioning of the septum during cell division, resulting in the formation of small, anucleate cells known as minicells. We report the cloning of the wild-type allele of divIVB1 and show that the mutation lies within a stretch of DNA containing two open reading frames whose predicted products are in(More)
We have cloned and characterized the sporulation gene spoIIB from Bacillus subtilis. In extension of previous nucleotide sequence analysis, our results show that the order of genes in the vicinity of spoIIB is valS folC comC spoIIB orfA orfB mreB mreC mreD minC minD spoIVFA spoIVFB L20 orfX L24 spoOB obg pheB pheA. All 20 genes have the same orientation;(More)
Differentiation in Bacillus subtilis involves the formation of specialized cell types called the mother cell and the forespore. These differ from each other and from their parent in developmental fate. Establishment of the two cell types and their subsequent differentiation is governed by the compartmentalized action of six developmental transcription(More)
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