Recent advances in germination of Clostridium spores

Valeria Olguín-Araneda, Saeed Banawas, Mahfuzur R. Sarker, Daniel Paredes-Sabja

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Members of Clostridium genus are a diverse group of anaerobic spore-formers that includes several pathogenic species. Their anaerobic requirement enhances the importance of the dormant spore morphotype during infection, persistence and transmission. Bacterial spores are metabolically inactive and may survive for long times in the environment and germinate in presence of nutrients termed germinants. Recent progress with spores of several Clostridium species has identified the germinant receptors (GRs) involved in nutrient germinant recognition and initiation of spore germination. Signal transduction from GRs to the downstream effectors remains poorly understood but involves the release of dipicolinic acid. Two mechanistically different cortex hydrolytic machineries are present in Clostridium spores. Recent studies have also shed light into novel biological events that occur during spore formation (accumulation of transcriptional units) and transcription during early spore outgrowth. In summary, this review will cover all of the recent advances in Clostridium spore germination.

Idioma originalInglés
PublicaciónResearch in Microbiology
EstadoEn prensa - 2014

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Microbiología
  • Biología molecular
  • Medicina (todo)

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    Olguín-Araneda, V., Banawas, S., Sarker, M. R., & Paredes-Sabja, D. (Aceptado/En prensa). Recent advances in germination of Clostridium spores. Research in Microbiology.