Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Publication Source

African Journal of Microbiology Research

Abstract

In this study, we investigated the role of quorum sensing (QS) in expression of the Sinorhizobium meliloti cell division gene ftsZ2 in free-living cells and within nodules of its host plant, Medicago truncatula. Using a ftsZ2 promoter reporter fusion, we were able to track the expression of this gene in wild-type S. meliloti cells and QS mutant backgrounds in planta. Our findings revealed that expression of ftsZ2 in free-living cells was changed or reduced in sinI mutant cells compared with wild-type cells while expression in planta was substantially higher in the absence of sinI. The results further clarify the involvement of quorum sensing in the control of bacterial cell division during the symbiosis in planta.

Inclusive pages

499-503

ISBN/ISSN

1996-0808

Document Version

Published Version

Publisher

Academic Journals

Volume

6

Issue

3

Peer Reviewed

yes

Keywords

Sinorhizobium meliloti, Medicago truncatula, quorum sensing.


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