Stress triggers a process that limits activation of the Bacillus subtilis stress transcription factor σ(B)

Janelle M. Scott, Theresa Mitchell, W. G. Haldenwang

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Abstract

Stress-induced activation of the Bacillus subtilis transcription factor σ(B) is transitory. To determine whether the process that limits σ(B) activation is itself triggered by stress, B. subtilis strains in which the stress pathway was artificially activated by the induced expression of a positive regulatory protein (RsbT) were exposed to ethanol stress and were monitored for the persistence of σ(B) activity. Without ethanol treatment, the induced cultures displayed continuously high σ(B) activity. Ethanol treatment restricted ongoing σ(B) activity, but only in strains with intact rsbX and -S genes. The loss of other gene products (RsbR and Obg) known to participate in the stress activation pathway had little influence in blocking the ethanol effect. The data argue that stress upregulates the activity of the RsbX-S regulatory pair to restrict σ(B) induction following stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1452-1456
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of bacteriology
Volume182
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

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