Bacterial Vesicles in Marine Ecosystems

@article{Biller2014BacterialVI,
  title={Bacterial Vesicles in Marine Ecosystems},
  author={Steven J Biller and Florence Schubotz and Sara E. Roggensack and Anne Williford Thompson and Roger Everett Summons and Sallie W. Chisholm},
  journal={Science},
  year={2014},
  volume={343},
  pages={183-186}
}
Many heterotrophic bacteria are known to release extracellular vesicles, facilitating interactions between cells and their environment from a distance. Vesicle production has not been described in photoautotrophs, however, and the prevalence and characteristics of vesicles in natural ecosystems is unknown. Here, we report that cultures of Prochlorococcus, a numerically dominant marine cyanobacterium, continuously release lipid vesicles containing proteins, DNA, and RNA. We also show that… CONTINUE READING
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