2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Influence of yozG expression on growth of Bacillus subtilis


Erin I. Hayes* and Lydia R. Walther
Dr. Joyce Patrick, Faculty Mentor

Bacillus subtilis is a model Gram-positive bacterium. The wild type strain is capable of three major states: swarming, swimming, and biofilm. However, many well studied laboratory strains are deficient in both swarming and biofilm production. We have been studying the function of yozG in the wild type strain of Bacillus subtilis. Mutants of this gene, which is thought to be a transcriptional regulator, are deficient in swarming but robust in biofilm formation. Determining the exact effects of this mutation may help to reveal the mechanisms behind swarming deficiency in laboratory strains of B. subtilis. Previous experiments indicate that overexpression of yozG may cause growth defects. We have tested the effects of different yozG expression levels on growth of B. subtilis. Studying this effect of yozG on the cell will give us a better understanding of its overall role. 

Keywords: bacteria, genetics, gene expression

Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 3-10
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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