Branched Escherichia coli cells.

  title={Branched Escherichia coli cells.},
  author={Thomas {\AA}kerlund and Kurt Nordstr{\"o}m and Rolf Bernander},
  journal={Molecular microbiology},
  volume={10 4},
We report that the normally rod-shaped bacterium Escherichia coli can form branched cells. These were found in strains in which chromosome replication or nucleoid segregation was disturbed, e.g. in minB mutants, intR1 strains, and in strains exhibiting stable DNA replication. Often chromosome DNA was found to be located in the branch point of the cells. The branching frequency was dependent upon the growth medium: in rich medium no branched cells were found, whereas in minimal medium containing… CONTINUE READING
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