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Penicillin-binding proteins of protoplast and sporoplast membranes of Streptomyces griseus strains


Membrane-bound penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) of two Streptomyces griseus strains that sporulate well in liquid and solid medium have been investigated during the course of their life-cycle. The PBP patterns were analyzed by sodium dodecylsulphate polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis and fluorography. One strain (No. 45 H) has only a single band (mol wt: 27,000) in early log phase, and two additional PBPs of higher mol wt (69,000 and 80,000) in the late log phase. The other strain (No. 2682) possessed two bands with mol wts 27,000 and 38,000 which did not change during its vegetative phase. In strain No. 2682, a new PBP with a mol wt of 58,000 appeared in spore membranes while one of those (mol wt 38,000) present in mycelial membranes disappeared. Our results suggest that appearance of the new PBP in the spore may be associated with the sporulation process. The major PBP band (mol wt: 27,000) present in all stages of the life cycle of these strains, may be characteristic of S. griseus while the other PBPs reflect certain stages of the life cycle. A new method was developed for the production of spore protoplasts by consecutive enzymatic treatments.

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Barabás, J., Barabás, G., Szabó, I. et al. Penicillin-binding proteins of protoplast and sporoplast membranes of Streptomyces griseus strains. Arch. Microbiol. 150, 105–108 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00425147

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Key words

  • Penicillin-binding proteins
  • Protoplast
  • Sporoplast
  • Streptomyces griseus