Bacterial cell polarity: A 'swarmer-stalked' tale of actin

Rong Li, Stephanie C. Wai

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Abstract

The actin cytoskeleton is important for cell polarity and morphogenesis in eukaryotic organisms. A recent article describes an unexpected requirement for the actin-like protein MreB in the polarization of the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus. More surprisingly, the formation of a filamentous MreB structure that traverses the length of the cell is sufficient for randomized polar localization of cell-fate proteins. In this article, we discuss the significance of these findings and the possible mechanisms by which an actin-like cytoskeleton could mediate cell polarity in bacteria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)532-536
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Cell Biology
Volume14
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Cell Polarity
Actin Cytoskeleton
Actins
Caulobacter crescentus
Polar Bodies
Bacteria
Morphogenesis
Proteins

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Bacterial cell polarity : A 'swarmer-stalked' tale of actin. / Li, Rong; Wai, Stephanie C.

In: Trends in Cell Biology, Vol. 14, No. 10, 10.2004, p. 532-536.

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Li, Rong ; Wai, Stephanie C. / Bacterial cell polarity : A 'swarmer-stalked' tale of actin. In: Trends in Cell Biology. 2004 ; Vol. 14, No. 10. pp. 532-536.
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