SUMMARY: The progress of secretion of α-toxin and total extracellular protein by (Wood 46), grown aerobically at 37°C, in a 3 % (w/v) tryptone soya broth medium supplemented with vitamins was followed. Exoprotein was secreted at a high rate by intact bacteria during the exponential phase (to 9 h) and into the post-exponential phase. After 18 h, when exoprotein accounted for 33% of the total protein in the culture, no further exoprotein was secreted although the bacterial density continued to increase at a low rate beyond this time. During the phase of active secretion, α-toxin represented a constant proportion of total exoprotein, the differential rate of synthesis of which increased by a factor of four after the end of exponential growth. Concomitant with the increase in the differential rate of exoprotein formation there was a fourfold increase in the intracellular concentration of RNA precursor material.


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