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Dynamic proteins and a cytoskeleton in bacteria

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jeff Errington FRSORCiD


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The application of modern fluorescence microscopic methods to bacteria has revolutionized our view of their subcellular organization. Many proteins are now known to be targeted with exquisite precision to specific locations in the cell, or to undergo rapid directed changes in localization. Structural and functional homologues of tubulin (FtsZ) and actin (MreB) are now indisputably present in bacteria, overturning the textbook view that the cytoskeleton is unique to eukaryotes. These advances are stimulating a radical rethink about how various fundamental processes are organised in bacteria.

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Author(s): Errington J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nature Cell Biology

Year: 2003

Volume: 5

Issue: 3

Pages: 175-178

ISSN (print): 1465-7392

ISSN (electronic): 1476-4679

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/ncb0303-175


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