The interaction of nocardicin A with the penicillin-binding proteins of Bacillus megaterium KM.
Todd JA., Yon JR., Ellar DJ.
The inhibition of elongation of Bacillus megaterium KM growing in the presence of low concentrations of nocardicin A resulted in the production of osmotically stable, actively dividing coccal-shaped cells. Saturation of penicillin-binding proteins 3a and 3b with nocardicin A in vivo at these concentrations was correlated with the inhibition of cell elongation. Analysis of the DD-carboxypeptidase activity of isolated vegetative membranes of B. megaterium KM in vitro indicated that penicillin-binding protein 4 is not a DD-carboxypeptidase under the assay conditions used. Penicillin-binding proteins were analysed by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and the suitability of lysozyme treatment of cells as a method of membrane preparation was investigated with regard to the detection of proteins with highly labile penicillin-binding activities in vitro.