The results of several lines of investigation indicate that membrane growth in Bacillus subtilis does not occur at one or a small number of discrete zones. No indications of large regions of membrane conservation were observed. Kinetic labeling experiments of mesosomal and plasma membrane lipids indicate that the mesosomal lipids are not precursors of the plasma membrane lipids. Density shift experiments, in which the changes in buoyant density of membranes were studied after growth in deuterated media, showed no indication of large zones of conservation during membrane growth. Radioautography of thin sections of cells pulse labeled with tritiated glycerol showed no indication of specific zones of lipid synthesis. The consequences of these results for models of cell growth and division are discussed.

This content is only available as a PDF.