UV‐inducible cellular aggregation of the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus is mediated by pili formation

@article{Frls2008UVinducibleCA,
  title={UV‐inducible cellular aggregation of the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus is mediated by pili formation},
  author={Sabrina Fr{\"o}ls and Małgorzata Ajon and Michael Wagner and Daniela Teichmann and Behnam Zolghadr and Mihaela Folea and Egbert J Boekema and Arnold J. M. Driessen and Christa Schleper and Sonja-Verena Albers},
  journal={Molecular Microbiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={70}
}
The hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus has been shown to exhibit a complex transcriptional response to UV irradiation involving 55 genes. Among the strongest UV‐induced genes was a putative pili biogenesis operon encoding a potential secretion ATPase, two pre‐pilins, a putative transmembrane protein and a protein of unknown function. Electron microscopy and image reconstruction of UV‐treated cells showed straight pili with 10 nm in diameter, variable in length, not bundled or… 
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