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Development in Caulobacter crescentus

  • Ruth Bryan


Caulobacters are dimorphic bacteria, with a motile phase in which the cell body is flagellated, and a sessile stage, when the cell grows a stalk. Development involves the asymmetric division of the parent stalked cell to yield one flagellated swarmer cell and one stalked cell, followed by differentiation of the swarmer cell into a stalked cell. Some of these events are the subject of this chapter. The study of Caulobacter development is facilitated by the simplicity of its cell cycle, the polar location of the organelles, and the ability to obtain synchronous swarmer cell populations.


Basal Body Sigma Factor Integration Host Factor Flagellar Gene Flagellin Gene 
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