An extracellular matrix-associated zinc metalloprotease is required for dilauroyl phosphatidylethanolamine chemotactic excitation in Myxococcus xanthus.

@article{Kearns2002AnEM,
  title={An extracellular matrix-associated zinc metalloprotease is required for dilauroyl phosphatidylethanolamine chemotactic excitation in Myxococcus xanthus.},
  author={Daniel B Kearns and Pamela Jane Bonner and Daniel R. Smith and Lawrence J. Shimkets},
  journal={Journal of bacteriology},
  year={2002},
  volume={184 6},
  pages={
          1678-84
        }
}
An extracellular matrix connects bacteria that live in organized assemblages called biofilms. While the role of the matrix in the regulation of cell behavior has not been extensively examined in bacteria, we suggest that, like mammalian cells, the matrix facilitates cell-cell interactions involved with regulation of cohesion, motility, and sensory transduction. The extracellular matrix of the soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus is essential for biofilm formation and fruiting body development. The… CONTINUE READING

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