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The influence of ribosome modulation factor on the survival of stationary-phase Escherichia coli during acid stress

El-Sharoud, W.M. and Niven, G.W. (2007) The influence of ribosome modulation factor on the survival of stationary-phase Escherichia coli during acid stress. Microbiology-Sgm, 153 (1). pp. 247-253. ISSN 1350-0872

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1099/mic.0.2006/001552-0

Abstract/Summary

Ribosome modulation factor (RMF) was shown to have an influence on the survival of Escherichia coli under acid stress during stationary phase, since the viability of cultures of a mutant strain lacking functional RMF decreased more rapidly than that of the parent strain at pH 3. Loss of ribosomes was observed in both strains when exposed to low pH, although this occurred at a higher rate in the RMF-deficient mutant strain, which also suffered from higher levels of rRNA degradation. It was concluded that the action of RMF in limiting the damage to rRNA contributed to the protection of E coli under acid stress. Expression of the rmf gene was lower during stationary phase after growth in acidified media compared to media containing no added acid, and the increased rmf expression associated with transition from exponential phase to stationary phase was much reduced in acidified media. It was demonstrated that RMF was not involved in the stationary-phase acid-tolerance response in E coli by which growth under acidic conditions confers protection against subsequent acid shock. This response was sufficient to overcome the increased vulnerability of the RMF-deficient mutant strain to acid stress at pH values between 6.5 and 5.5.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
ID Code:13436
Uncontrolled Keywords:DEFICIENT MUTANT, GROWTH, RMF, PROTEINS, DECREASE, CELLS

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