13 results found
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Direct live imaging of cell–cell protein transfer by transient outer membrane fusion in Myxococcus xanthus

    Adrien Ducret et al.
    Physical contact between two Myxococcus xanthus cells is sufficient to fuse their outer membrane transiently and exchange outer membrane proteins and lipids at high efficiency.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Infectious polymorphic toxins delivered by outer membrane exchange discriminate kin in myxobacteria

    Christopher N Vassallo et al.
    Serial cell-to-cell transfer of lipoprotein toxins by outer membrane exchange provides a potent platform for kin discrimination in Myxococcus xanthus.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Shared behavioral mechanisms underlie C. elegans aggregation and swarming

    Siyu Serena Ding et al.
    Two seemingly distinct behaviors in social C. elegans worms, namely aggregating into groups and swarming over food, are driven by the same underlying mechanisms.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    CarD uses a minor groove wedge mechanism to stabilize the RNA polymerase open promoter complex

    Brian Bae et al.
    The crystal structure of Thermus transcription activation complexes containing the transcriptional activator CarD reveals a new mechanism for the activation of transcription.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural characterization of encapsulated ferritin provides insight into iron storage in bacterial nanocompartments

    Didi He et al.
    Encapsulin-associated ferritin proteins form metal-dependent decamers that are active as ferroxidase enzymes, but require encapsulation to form an iron store.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Cyanobacteria use micro-optics to sense light direction

    Nils Schuergers et al.
    The cells of a cyanobacterium act as spherical micro-lenses, allowing the cell to see a light source and move towards it.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Can Hamilton’s rule be violated?

    Matthijs van Veelen
    Hamilton's rule can be violated when costs and benefits of cooperation are defined using the counterfactual method, and when they depend on the cooperation of others.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Quorum sensing control of Type VI secretion factors restricts the proliferation of quorum-sensing mutants

    Charlotte Majerczyk et al.
    Quorum-sensing control of Burkholderia thailandensis toxin and immunity pairs serves to police quorum-sensing mutants and may represent a general strategy whereby cooperators can police mutants.
    1. Cell Biology

    Functional dichotomy and distinct nanoscale assemblies of a cell cycle-controlled bipolar zinc-finger regulator

    Johann Mignolet et al.
    Forward genetics and super-resolution microscopy identifies ZitP as a conserved multifunctional regulator that accumulates at both cell extremities in distinct macromolecular structures to perform different functions in the asymmetric model bacterium Caulobacter crescentus.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Modularity and determinants of a (bi-)polarization control system from free-living and obligate intracellular bacteria

    Matthieu Bergé et al.
    Common ancestries, activities and structural determinants of a modular (bi-)polarization control system encoded in free-living and obligate intracellular α-proteobacteria, including the rickettsial pathogens, are described.

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