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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Respiratory systems of the Bacillus cereus mother cell and forespore.

The respiratory systems of the mother cells and forespores of Bacillus cereus were compared throughout the maturation stages (III to VI) of sporulation. The results indicated that both cell compartments contain the same assortment of oxidoreductases and cytochromes. However membrane fractions from young forespores were clearly distinct from those of the mother cell, i.e., lower content of cytochrome aa3, lower cytochrome c oxidase activity, higher concentration of cytochrome o, and a lower sensitivity of the respiration to the inhibiting effect of cyanide. This suggests that the cyanide-resistant pathway contributes more importantly to forespore respiratory activity than to activity in the mother cell compartment. During the maturation stages, the forespore NADH oxidase activity declined faster than in the mother cells. Other activities studied decreased steadily in both cell compartments. These findings together with the analysis of the kinetics of NADH-dependent reduction of cytochromes in the mature spore membranes indicated an impairment of electron flow between NADH dehydrogenase and cytochrome b. This impairment could be overcome by the addition of menadione.[1]


  1. Respiratory systems of the Bacillus cereus mother cell and forespore. Escamilla, J.E., Ramírez, R., Del-Arenal, P., Aranda, A. J. Bacteriol. (1986) [Pubmed]
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