Bacterial microcompartments: their properties and paradoxes.

  title={Bacterial microcompartments: their properties and paradoxes.},
  author={Shouqiang Cheng and Yu Liu and Christopher S Crowley and Todd O. Yeates and Thomas A. Bobik},
  journal={BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology},
  volume={30 11-12},
Many bacteria conditionally express proteinaceous organelles referred to here as microcompartments (Fig. 1). These microcompartments are thought to be involved in a least seven different metabolic processes and the number is growing. Microcompartments are very large and structurally sophisticated. They are usually about 100-150 nm in cross section and consist of 10,000-20,000 polypeptides of 10-20 types. Their unifying feature is a solid shell constructed from proteins having bacterial… CONTINUE READING

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