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  • Description: UDP-glucose diacylglycerol glucosyltransferase, growth-rate dpendent inhibitor of cell division

Gene name ugtP
Synonyms ypfP
Essential no
Product UDP-glucose diacylglycerol glucosyltransferase
Function synthesis of glycolipids and anchoring of lipoteichoic
acid, inhibition of FtsZ assembly
Metabolic function and regulation of this protein in SubtiPathways:
Lipid synthesis
MW, pI 43 kDa, 8.398
Gene length, protein length 1146 bp, 382 aa
Immediate neighbours metA, cspD
Get the DNA and protein sequences
(Barbe et al., 2009)
Genetic context
UgtP context.gif
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The gene

Basic information

  • Locus tag: BSU21920

Phenotypes of a mutant

Database entries

  • DBTBS entry: no entry
  • SubtiList entry: [1]

Additional information

The protein

Basic information/ Evolution

  • Catalyzed reaction/ biological activity: UDP-glucose + 1,2-diacylglycerol = UDP + 1,2-diacyl-3-(O-beta-D-glucopyranosyl)-sn-glycerol (according to Swiss-Prot)
  • Protein family:
  • Paralogous protein(s):

Extended information on the protein

  • Kinetic information:
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  • Localization: cytoplasm (according to Swiss-Prot), membrane-bound protein, self-assembles into tightly wound spirals in vitro PubMed

Database entries

  • Structure:
  • KEGG entry: [2]
  • E.C. number:

Additional information

Expression and regulation

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Biological materials

  • Mutant:
  • Expression vector:
  • lacZ fusion:
  • GFP fusion:
  • two-hybrid system:
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Labs working on this gene/protein

Your additional remarks



David W Adams, Jeff Errington
Bacterial cell division: assembly, maintenance and disassembly of the Z ring.
Nat Rev Microbiol: 2009, 7(9);642-53
[PubMed:19680248] [] [DOI] (I p)

Original Publications

Letal I Salzberg, John D Helmann
Phenotypic and transcriptomic characterization of Bacillus subtilis mutants with grossly altered membrane composition.
J Bacteriol: 2008, 190(23);7797-807
[PubMed:18820022] [] [DOI] (I p)

Richard B Weart, Amy H Lee, An-Chun Chien, Daniel P Haeusser, Norbert S Hill, Petra Anne Levin
A metabolic sensor governing cell size in bacteria.
Cell: 2007, 130(2);335-47
[PubMed:17662947] [] [DOI] (P p)

P Jorasch, F P Wolter, U Zähringer, E Heinz
A UDP glucosyltransferase from Bacillus subtilis successively transfers up to four glucose residues to 1,2-diacylglycerol: expression of ypfP in Escherichia coli and structural analysis of its reaction products.
Mol Microbiol: 1998, 29(2);419-30
[PubMed:9720862] [] [DOI] (P p)

K D Price, S Roels, R Losick
A Bacillus subtilis gene encoding a protein similar to nucleotide sugar transferases influences cell shape and viability.
J Bacteriol: 1997, 179(15);4959-61
[PubMed:9244290] [] [DOI] (P p)