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Intracellular regulation in bacteria

control of initiation of chromosome replication; macrolide antibiotics, resistance mechanisms and bi-stable growth rates

Nilsson, Karin (2006). Intracellular regulation in bacteria. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2006:72
ISBN 91-576-7121-4
[Doctoral thesis]

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Initiation of chromosome replication is a tightly controlled process. We have developed a stochastic model with all known major features of the regulation of the initiation in Escherichia coli, which automatically generates the correct initiation frequency and chromosome number, synchronous initiation of multiple origins and increasing cell size with increasing cell growth rate. We further suggest a principle for how an initiator may at the same time adequately regulate its own gene expression. In Eubacteria, macrolide antibiotics bind at the entrance of the nascent peptide exit tunnel of the large ribosomal subunit and induce premature termination of translation by drop-off of peptidyl-tRNA. We have combined biochemical experiments and in vivo growth experiments with modelling to study peptide-mediated resistance against two different macrolides, erythromycin and josamycin. The mechanism behind resistance is different for the two drugs. In the case of erythromycin, we have verified that synthesis of a cis-acting peptide accelerates the rate of dissociation of erythromycin. In the case of josamycin, the drop-off rate of peptidyl-tRNA is considerably slowed down for a peptide sequence mediating resistance in relation to a control peptide sequence. We also show that peptide-mediated resistance requires the AcrAB-TolC efflux system in the cell membrane. The most widely spread resistance mechanism against macrolides are a modification of the 23S rRNA by an Erm methylase which considerably lowers the affinity of macrolides to the ribosome. Induction of erythromycin resistance by ErmC requires ribosomes both with and without erythromycin. Modelling suggests that there exists a maximal induction rate of the synthesis of ErmC and resistant ribosomes at a certain concentration of the antibiotic. We also derive how bi-stable growth rates may arise for bacterial cells growing exponentially at a fixed external antibiotic concentration as a consequence of low membrane permeability of the drug and high growth rate sensitivity to the intracellular concentration of the drug concentration.

Authors/Creators:Nilsson, Karin
Title:Intracellular regulation in bacteria
Subtitle:control of initiation of chromosome replication; macrolide antibiotics, resistance mechanisms and bi-stable growth rates
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2006
Number of Pages:54
ALLI. Nilsson, K., Elf, J., Ringheim, A., Dasgupta, S., Nordström, K. & Ehrenberg, M. Stochastic modelling of regulation of initiation of chromosome replication in single Escherichia coli cells. (Manuscript). II. Lovmar, M., Nilsson, K.,Vimberg, V., Nervall, M. & Ehrenberg, M. The molecular mechanism of peptide-mediated erythromycin resistance. 2006. The Journal of Biological Chemistry 281, 6742-6750. III. Nilsson, K., Lovmar, M., Vimberg, V., Tenson, T. & Ehrenberg, M. Mechanisms and requirements of peptide-mediated macrolide resistance. (Manuscript). IV. Nilsson, K., Tenson, T. & Ehrenberg, M. Traits of erythromycin-induced resistance by methylation of 23S rRNA. (Manuscript). V. Elf, J., Nilsson, K., Tenson, T. & Ehrenberg, M. Bi-stable bacterial growth rates in response to antibiotics with low membrane permeability. (Submitted).
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:91-576-7121-4
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:enterobacteriaceae, replication, antibiotics, resistance to chemicals, erythromycin, ribosomes, mathematical models
Keywords:Enterobacteriaceae, replication control, 50S subunit, macrolides, resistance, bi-stability, stochastic, differential equation
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ID Code:1182
Department:(NL, NJ) > Department of Biometry and Engineering
Deposited By: Karin Nilsson
Deposited On:06 Sep 2006 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:10

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