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  • The wild type strain NCIB3610 is only poorly competent because the small protein ComI encoded on the endogenous plasmid pBS32 inhibits the competence DNA uptake machinery. PubMed

Labs working on genetic competence

Genes in this functional category

Important original publications

Melih Yüksel, Jeffrey J Power, Jan Ribbe, Thorsten Volkmann, Berenike Maier
Fitness Trade-Offs in Competence Differentiation of Bacillus subtilis.
Front Microbiol: 2016, 7;888
[PubMed:27375604] [DOI] (P e)

Andrew Mugler, Mark Kittisopikul, Luke Hayden, Jintao Liu, Chris H Wiggins, Gürol M Süel, Aleksandra M Walczak
Noise Expands the Response Range of the Bacillus subtilis Competence Circuit.
PLoS Comput. Biol.: 2016, 12(3);e1004793
[PubMed:27003682] [] [DOI] (I e)

Hongguang Xi, Zhuoqin Yang, Marc Turcotte
Subtle interplay of stochasticity and deterministic dynamics pervades an evolutionary plausible genetic circuit for Bacillus subtilis competence.
Math Biosci: 2013, 246(1);148-63
[PubMed:24012503] [] [DOI] (I p)

Melissa A Konkol, Kris M Blair, Daniel B Kearns
Plasmid-encoded ComI inhibits competence in the ancestral 3610 strain of Bacillus subtilis.
J. Bacteriol.: 2013, 195(18);4085-93
[PubMed:23836866] [] [DOI] (I p)

Important reviews

Mareike Jakobs, Friedhelm Meinhardt
What renders Bacilli genetically competent? A gaze beyond the model organism.
Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol.: 2015, 99(4);1557-70
[PubMed:25547840] [] [DOI] (I p)

Hongguang Xi, Lixia Duan, Marc Turcotte
Point-cycle bistability and stochasticity in a regulatory circuit for Bacillus subtilis competence.
Math Biosci: 2013, 244(2);135-47
[PubMed:23693123] [] [DOI] (I p)

Mainak Pal, Amit Kumar Pal, Sayantari Ghosh, Indrani Bose
Early signatures of regime shifts in gene expression dynamics.
Phys Biol: 2013, 10(3);036010
[PubMed:23669271] [] [DOI] (I p)

Lorena Espinar, Marta Dies, Tolga Cagatay, Gürol M Süel, Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo
Circuit-level input integration in bacterial gene regulation.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.: 2013, 110(17);7091-6
[PubMed:23572583] [] [DOI] (I p)

Suzy M Stiegelmeyer, Morgan C Giddings
Agent-based modeling of competence phenotype switching in Bacillus subtilis.
Theor Biol Med Model: 2013, 10;23
[PubMed:23551850] [] [DOI] (I e)

Dawit Kidane, Silvia Ayora, Joann B Sweasy, Peter L Graumann, Juan C Alonso
The cell pole: the site of cross talk between the DNA uptake and genetic recombination machinery.
Crit. Rev. Biochem. Mol. Biol.: 2012, 47(6);531-55
[PubMed:23046409] [] [DOI] (I p)

Anna Kuchina, Lorena Espinar, Tolga Çağatay, Alejandro O Balbin, Fang Zhang, Alma Alvarado, Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo, Gürol M Süel
Temporal competition between differentiation programs determines cell fate choice.
Mol. Syst. Biol.: 2011, 7;557
[PubMed:22146301] [] [DOI] (I e)

Daniel Schultz, Peter G Wolynes, Eshel Ben Jacob, José N Onuchic
Deciding fate in adverse times: sporulation and competence in Bacillus subtilis.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.: 2009, 106(50);21027-34
[PubMed:19995980] [] [DOI] (I p)

Jean-Pierre Claverys, Bernard Martin, Patrice Polard
The genetic transformation machinery: composition, localization, and mechanism.
FEMS Microbiol. Rev.: 2009, 33(3);643-56
[PubMed:19228200] [] [DOI] (I p)

Inês Chen, David Dubnau
DNA uptake during bacterial transformation.
Nat. Rev. Microbiol.: 2004, 2(3);241-9
[PubMed:15083159] [] [DOI] (P p)

Leendert W Hamoen, Gerard Venema, Oscar P Kuipers
Controlling competence in Bacillus subtilis: shared use of regulators.
Microbiology (Reading, Engl.): 2003, 149(Pt 1);9-17
[PubMed:12576575] [] [DOI] (P p)

P Tortosa, D Dubnau
Competence for transformation: a matter of taste.
Curr. Opin. Microbiol.: 1999, 2(6);588-92
[PubMed:10607621] [] (P p)

D Dubnau
Binding and transport of transforming DNA by Bacillus subtilis: the role of type-IV pilin-like proteins--a review.
Gene: 1997, 192(1);191-8
[PubMed:9224890] [] (P p)

D Dubnau
Genetic competence in Bacillus subtilis.
Microbiol. Rev.: 1991, 55(3);395-424
[PubMed:1943994] [] (P p)

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