Cytoskeletal elements in the bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae

  title={Cytoskeletal elements in the bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae},
  author={Jan Hegermann and Richard Herrmann and Frank Mayer},
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a pathogenic eubacterium lacking a cell wall. Three decades ago, a "rod", an intracellular cytoskeletal structure, was discovered that was assumed to define and stabilize the elongated cell shape. Later, by treatment with detergent, a "Triton shell" (i.e. a fraction of detergent-insoluble cell material) could be obtained, believed to contain additional cytoskeletal elements. Now, by application of a modified Triton X-100 treatment, we are able to demonstrate that M… CONTINUE READING

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