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D-Alanine Metabolism in B. subtilis

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Bacilli are an extremely diverse group of bacteria that include both the causative agent of anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) as well as several species that synthesize important antibiotics. Bacilli are rod-shaped, Gram-positive, sporulating, aerobes or facultative anaerobes. Bacilli exhibit an array of physiologic abilities that allow them to live in a wide range of habitats, including many extreme habitats such as desert sands, hot springs, and Arctic soils. Species in the genus Bacillus can be thermophilic, psychrophilic, acidophilic, alkaliphilic, halotolerant, or halophilic and are capable of growing at pH values, temperatures, and salt concentrations where few other organisms can survive (Ref.1, 2 & 4). Due to the metabolic diversity in the genus Bacillus, Bacilli are able to colonize a variety of [...]


1.The complete genome sequence of the gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis.
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Nature. 1997 Nov 20; 390(6657):249-56.
2.The complete genome of Bacillus subtilis: from sequence annotation to data management and analysis.
Moszer I.
FEBS Lett. 1998 Jun 23; 430(1-2):28-36. Review.
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