Membrane vesicles and horizontal gene transfer in prokaryotes.


Membrane vesicles (MVs) are released from all living cells. MVs are lumen-containing spheres of lipid-bilayers derived from the cell surface. MVs are biologically active and contain various components, including genetic material. Both chromosomal and plasmid DNA, as well as different types of RNA have been detected in MVs. Vesicle-mediated transfer of genes… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.mib.2017.03.012

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