Protein Structures Forming the Shell of Primitive Bacterial Organelles

@article{Kerfeld2005ProteinSF,
  title={Protein Structures Forming the Shell of Primitive Bacterial Organelles},
  author={C. Kerfeld and M. Sawaya and Shiho Tanaka and C. V. Nguyen and M. Phillips and M. Beeby and T. Yeates},
  journal={Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={309},
  pages={936 - 938}
}
Bacterial microcompartments are primitive organelles composed entirely of protein subunits. Genomic sequence databases reveal the widespread occurrence of microcompartments across diverse microbes. The prototypical bacterial microcompartment is the carboxysome, a protein shell for sequestering carbon fixation reactions. We report three-dimensional crystal structures of multiple carboxysome shell proteins, revealing a hexameric unit as the basic microcompartment building block and showing how… Expand
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