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Length control of extended protein structures in bacteria and bacteriophages

Cornelis, G. R. and Agrain, C. and Sorg, I.. (2006) Length control of extended protein structures in bacteria and bacteriophages. Current Opinion in Microbiology, Vol. 9, H. 2. pp. 201-206.

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Abstract

The length of the tail of bacteriophages is controlled by a protein which acts as a molecular ruler. The needle of the injectisome, which is assembled by the polymerization of subunits that are exported through the nascent injectisome, is functionally related to the tail of bacteriophages. Interestingly, its length is controlled by a protein, which is itself exported and acts as a molecular ruler that is coupled to a substrate specificity switch. The bacterial flagellum is evolutionarily related to the injectisome. The length of the hook is also controlled by a secreted protein. This protein acts as a substrate specificity switch and, possibly, also as a ruler.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Molecular Microbiology (Cornelis)
UniBasel Contributors:Cornelis, Guy R.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1369-5274
e-ISSN:1879-0364
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:13 Oct 2017 07:55
Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 13:21

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