Acinetobacter baylyi starvation-induced genes identified through incubation in long-term stationary phase

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2010 Jul;76(14):4905-8. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01806-09. Epub 2010 May 28.


Acinetobacter species encounter cycles of feast and famine in nature. We show that populations of Acinetobacter baylyi strain ADP1 remain dynamic for 6 weeks in batch culture. We created a library of lacZ reporters inserted into SalI sites in the genome and then isolated 30 genes with lacZ insertions whose expression was induced by starvation during long-term stationary phase compared with their expression during exponential growth. The genes encode metabolic, gene expression, DNA maintenance, envelope, and conserved hypothetical proteins.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acinetobacter / growth & development
  • Acinetobacter / metabolism
  • Acinetobacter / physiology*
  • Artificial Gene Fusion
  • Gene Expression Profiling / methods
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial*
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Lac Operon
  • Stress, Physiological*
  • beta-Galactosidase / genetics
  • beta-Galactosidase / metabolism


  • beta-Galactosidase