Beyond the bacterium: planctomycetes challenge our concepts of microbial structure and function

  title={Beyond the bacterium: planctomycetes challenge our concepts of microbial structure and function},
  author={J. Fuerst and E. Sagulenko},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  • J. Fuerst, E. Sagulenko
  • Published 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature Reviews Microbiology
  • Planctomycetes form a distinct phylum of the domain Bacteria and possess unusual features such as intracellular compartmentalization and a lack of peptidoglycan in their cell walls. Remarkably, cells of the genus Gemmata even contain a membrane-bound nucleoid analogous to the eukaryotic nucleus. Moreover, the so-called 'anammox' planctomycetes have a unique anaerobic, autotrophic metabolism that includes the ability to oxidize ammonium; this process is dependent on a characteristic membrane… CONTINUE READING
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