Distribution, formation and regulation of gas vesicles

@article{Pfeifer2012DistributionFA,
  title={Distribution, formation and regulation of gas vesicles},
  author={Felicitas Pfeifer},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={10},
  pages={705-715}
}
  • F. Pfeifer
  • Published 1 October 2012
  • Biology
  • Nature Reviews Microbiology
A range of bacteria and archaea produce intracellular gas-filled proteinaceous structures that function as flotation devices in order to maintain a suitable depth in the aqueous environment. The wall of these gas vesicles is freely permeable to gas molecules and is composed of a small hydrophobic protein, GvpA, which forms a single-layer wall. In addition, several minor structural, accessory or regulatory proteins are required for gas vesicle formation. In different organisms, 8–14 genes… 

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