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Partition of autolysins between the medium, the internal part of the wall, and the surface of the wall of gram-positive rods.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3255006     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Autolysins are exoenzymes formed by bacteria to aid in wall expansion and in cell division. For the Gram-positive rod, these enzymes function predominately on the periphery of the wall. As they destroy their substrate they rebind to peptidoglycan when the cell density is high. Only then is the concentration of autolysins high enough on the external surface to favor cell division and prevent the formation of chains of cells (filaments). It is suggesting that circumstance is important for the kinetics of turnover of the wall and the splitting of the septum.
A L Koch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of theoretical biology     Volume:  134     ISSN:  0022-5193     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Theor. Biol.     Publication Date:  1988 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-09-20     Completed Date:  1989-09-20     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376342     Medline TA:  J Theor Biol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  463-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington 47405.
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MeSH Terms
Gram-Positive Bacteria / enzymology*
Models, Biological
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