Rachid S, Ohlsen K, Wallner U, Hacker J, Hecker M, Ziebuhr W. Institut für Molekulare Infektionsbiologie, D-97070 Würzburg, Germany. Osmotic stress was found to induce biofilm formation in a Staphylococcus aureus mucosal isolate. Inactivation of a global regulator of the bacterial stress response, the alternative transcription factor sigma(B), resulted in a biofilm-negative phenotype and loss of salt-induced biofilm production. Complementation of the mutant strain with an expression plasmid encoding sigma(B) completely restored the wild-type phenotype. The combined data suggest a critical role of sigma(B) in S. aureus biofilm regulation under environmental stress conditions.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Bacteriology|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|