The high-resolution architecture and structural dynamics of Bacillus spores.

  title={The high-resolution architecture and structural dynamics of Bacillus spores.},
  author={Marco Plomp and Terrance J. Leighton and Katherine E. Wheeler and Alexander J. Malkin},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  volume={88 1},
The capability to image single microbial cell surfaces at nanometer scale under native conditions would profoundly impact mechanistic and structural studies of pathogenesis, immunobiology, environmental resistance, and biotransformation. Here, using in vitro atomic force microscopy, we have directly visualized high-resolution native structures of bacterial endospores, including the exosporium and spore coats of four Bacillus species in air and water environments. Our results demonstrate that… CONTINUE READING

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