Architecture and high-resolution structure of Bacillus thuringiensis and Bacillus cereus spore coat surfaces.

@article{Plomp2005ArchitectureAH,
  title={Architecture and high-resolution structure of Bacillus thuringiensis and Bacillus cereus spore coat surfaces.},
  author={Marco Plomp and Terrance J. Leighton and Katherine E. Wheeler and Alexander J. Malkin},
  journal={Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids},
  year={2005},
  volume={21 17},
  pages={7892-8}
}
We have utilized atomic force microscopy (AFM) to visualize the native surface topography and ultrastructure of Bacillus thuringiensis and Bacillus cereus spores in water and in air. AFM was able to resolve the nanostructure of the exosporium and three distinctive classes of appendages. Removal of the exosporium exposed either a hexagonal honeycomb layer (B. thuringiensis) or a rodlet outer spore coat layer (B. cereus). Removal of the rodlet structure from B. cereus spores revealed an… CONTINUE READING
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