Molecular mechanisms for the evolution of bacterial morphologies and growth modes

  title={Molecular mechanisms for the evolution of bacterial morphologies and growth modes},
  author={Amelia M. Randich and Yves V. Brun},
  journal={Frontiers in Microbiology},
Bacteria exhibit a rich diversity of morphologies. Within this diversity, there is a uniformity of shape for each species that is replicated faithfully each generation, suggesting that bacterial shape is as selectable as any other biochemical adaptation. We describe the spatiotemporal mechanisms that target peptidoglycan synthesis to different subcellular zones to generate the rod-shape of model organisms Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis. We then demonstrate, using the related genera… 

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