Control of Cell Shape in Bacteria Helical, Actin-like Filaments in Bacillus subtilis

@article{Jones2001ControlOC,
  title={Control of Cell Shape in Bacteria Helical, Actin-like Filaments in Bacillus subtilis},
  author={L J Jones and Rut Carballido-L{\'o}pez and Jeff Errington},
  journal={Cell},
  year={2001},
  volume={104},
  pages={913-922}
}
In the absence of an overt cytoskeleton, the external cell wall of bacteria has traditionally been assumed to be the primary determinant of cell shape. In the Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis, two related genes, mreB and mbl, were shown to be required for different aspects of cell morphogenesis. Subcellular localization of the MreB and Mbl proteins revealed that each forms a distinct kind of filamentous helical structure lying close to the cell surface. The distribution of the proteins… Expand

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