Mukherjee, Raju and Chatterji, Dipankar (2008) Proteomics and mass spectrometric studies reveal planktonic growth of Mycobacterium smegmatis in biofilm cultures in the absence of rpoZ. In: International Symposium for Biochromatography and Nanotechnologies Vellore Inst Technol, FEB 12-15,, Vellore.
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Mycobacterium smegmatis is known to form biofilms and many cell surface molecules like core glycopeptidolipids and short-chain mycolates appear to play important role in the process. However, the involvement of the cell surface molecules in mycobacteria towards complete maturation of biofilms is still not clear. This work demonstrates the importance of the glycopeptidolipid species with hydroxylated alkyl chain and the epoxylated mycolic acids, during the process of biofilm development. In our previous study, we reported the impairment of biofilm formation in rpoZ-deleted M. smegmatis, where rpoZ codes for the ω subunit of RNA polymerase (R. Mathew, R. Mukherjee, R. Balachandar, D. Chatterji, Microbiology 152 (2006) 1741). Here we report the occurrence of planktonic growth in a mc2155 strain which is devoid of rpoZ gene. This strain is deficient in selective incorporation of the hydroxylated glycopeptidolipids and the epoxy mycolates to their respective locations in the cell wall. Hence it forms a mutant biofilm defective in maturation, wherein the cells undertake various alternative metabolic pathways to survive in an environment where oxygen, the terminal electron acceptor, is limiting.
|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
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|Department/Centre:||Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit|
|Date Deposited:||30 Mar 2010 07:36|
|Last Modified:||19 Sep 2010 05:58|
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