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Septation and chromosome segregation during sporulation in Bacillus subtilis

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jeff Errington FRSORCiD


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The early stages of sporulation in Bacillus subtilis incorporate a modified, highly asymmetric cell division. It is now clear that most, if not all, of the components of the vegetative division machinery are used also for asymmetric division. However, the machinery for chromosome segregation may differ significantly between vegetative growth and sporulation. Several interesting checkpoint mechanisms couple cell cycle events to gene expression early in sporulation. This review summarises important advances in the understanding of chromosome segregation and cell division at the onset of sporulation in B.subtilis in the past three years.

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Author(s): Errington J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Current Opinion in Microbiology

Year: 2001

Volume: 4

Issue: 6

Pages: 660-666

ISSN (print): 1369-5274

ISSN (electronic): 1879-0364

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd., Current Opinion Journals


DOI: 10.1016/S1369-5274(01)00266-1


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