The soil bacteria Bacillus subtilis can adapt to changing circumstances in many different ways. It does so by using a range of specific responses and because it is able to change its lifestyle. B. subtilis also has a general stress response which is activated by a large number of stress factors, for example environmental stress. Jeroen van der Steen is researching the mechanisms that are responsible for the operation of the stressosome: a large protein complex which functions as the point of entry for stress signals along the signal route that regulates environmental stress.
J.B. van der Steen, The General Stress Response of Bacillus subtilis.
Prof. K.J. Hellingwerf
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