An unusually small gene required for sporulation by Bacillus subtilis.

  title={An unusually small gene required for sporulation by Bacillus subtilis.},
  author={Petra Anne Levin and Nancy Q Fan and Ezio Ricca and Adam Driks and Richard Losick and S Cutting},
  journal={Molecular microbiology},
  volume={9 4},
We report the cloning and characterization of an unusually small gene called spoVM whose product is required for normal formation of the cortex and coat during sporulation in Bacillus subtilis. The spoVM gene is adjacent to, and in convergent orientation with, the B. subtilis homologue to the Escherichia coli gene for ribosomal protein L28. The spoVM open reading frame is only 26 codons in length and is capable of encoding a polypeptide of 3 kDa. The short length of spoVM was verified by means… CONTINUE READING


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