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Keywords:

  • Sporulation;
  • Septation;
  • Septum formation;
  • Microbial development;
  • Differentiation

Abstract

Mutations in fts genes partially or completely block both vegetative cell division and sporulation septation in the filamentous bacterium Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2). Using a novel screen, we independently isolated two double-mutant strains, each containing a spontaneous suppressor mutation, which partially restores division to an ftsQ-null mutant. Genetic complementation experiments revealed that the suppressor mutations alone confer no observable defect in sporulation. The suppressor mutations were genetically mapped to regions of the chromosome, distinct from each other and the division and cell wall cluster containing ftsQ. Therefore, the genes identified by the suppressor mutations were named sqnA and sqnB (suppressor of ftsQ-null) and may be representatives of a novel class of genes involved in cell division or the regulation of cell division in this mycelial organism.