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Bacterial Cell Cycles

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Science's STKE  19 Dec 2000:
Vol. 2000, Issue 63, pp. tw7
DOI: 10.1126/stke.2000.63.tw7

The array of genes that are expressed during the life cycle of a cell can be pictured as a complex genetic circuit. Laub et al. provide a global survey of the part of that circuit expressed during the cell cycle of Caulobacter crescentus, a bacterium that differentiates during the course of its life. Out of nearly 3000 genes, 553 show cell-cycle regulation. Temporal controls over genes involved in specific cell functions and coordinate regulation of proteins that are part of complexes were also observed. CtRA was shown to be a central regulator of the cell cycle in experiments with overexpressing or loss-of-function mutants. A histidine kinase and two RNA polymerase sigma factors were identified as possible regulators of early S phase.

Laub, M.T., McAdams, H.H., Feldblyum, T., Fraser, C.M., and Shapiro, L. (2000) Global analysis of the genetic network controlling a bacterial cell cycle. Science 290: 2144-2148. [Abstract] [Full Text]

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