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In Myxococcus xanthus the gliding motility machinery is assembled at the leading cell pole to form focal adhesions, translocated rearward to propel the cell, and disassembled at the lagging pole. We show that MglA, a Ras-like small G-protein, is an integral part of this machinery. In this function, MglA stimulates the assembly of the motility complex by(More)
In bacteria, large G domain GTPases have well-established functions in translation, protein translocation, tRNA modification and ribosome assembly. In addition, bacteria also contain small Ras-like GTPases consisting of stand-alone G domains. Recent data have revealed that small Ras-like GTPases as well as large G domain GTPases in bacteria function in the(More)
The bacterium Myxococcus xanthus uses a G protein cycle to dynamically regulate the leading/lagging pole polarity axis. The G protein MglA is regulated by its GTPase-activating protein (GAP) MglB, thus resembling Ras family proteins. Here, we show structurally and biochemically that MglA undergoes a dramatic, GDP-GTP-dependent conformational change(More)
In healthy individuals, the intestinal microbiota cannot access the liver, spleen, or other peripheral tissues. Some pathogenic bacteria can reach these sites, however, and can induce a systemic immune response. How such compartmentalization is achieved is unknown. We identify a gut-vascular barrier (GVB) in mice and humans that controls the translocation(More)
In Escherichia coli the Min protein system plays an important role in positioning the division site. We show that this system also has an effect on timing of cell division. We do this in a quantitative way by measuring the cell division waiting time (defined as time difference between appearance of a division site and the division event) and the Z-ring(More)
The extraction of fluorescence intensity profiles of single cells from image data is a common challenge in cell biology. The manual segmentation of cells, the extraction of cell orientation and finally the extraction of intensity profiles are time-consuming tasks. This article proposes a routine for the segmentation of single rod-shaped cells (i.e. without(More)
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