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Distribution, formation and regulation of gas vesicles.

Pfeifer, Felicitas (2012):
Distribution, formation and regulation of gas vesicles.
In: Nature reviews. Microbiology, 10 (10), pp. 705-15. ISSN 1740-1534,
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Abstract

A range of bacteria and archaea produce intracellular gas-filled proteinaceous structures that function as flotation devices in order to maintain a suitable depth in the aqueous environment. The wall of these gas vesicles is freely permeable to gas molecules and is composed of a small hydrophobic protein, GvpA, which forms a single-layer wall. In addition, several minor structural, accessory or regulatory proteins are required for gas vesicle formation. In different organisms, 8-14 genes encoding gas vesicle proteins have been identified, and their expression has been shown to be regulated by environmental factors. In this Review, I describe the basic properties of gas vesicles, the genes that encode them and how their production is regulated. I also discuss the function of these vesicles and the initial attempts to exploit them for biotechnological purposes.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2012
Creators: Pfeifer, Felicitas
Title: Distribution, formation and regulation of gas vesicles.
Language: English
Abstract:

A range of bacteria and archaea produce intracellular gas-filled proteinaceous structures that function as flotation devices in order to maintain a suitable depth in the aqueous environment. The wall of these gas vesicles is freely permeable to gas molecules and is composed of a small hydrophobic protein, GvpA, which forms a single-layer wall. In addition, several minor structural, accessory or regulatory proteins are required for gas vesicle formation. In different organisms, 8-14 genes encoding gas vesicle proteins have been identified, and their expression has been shown to be regulated by environmental factors. In this Review, I describe the basic properties of gas vesicles, the genes that encode them and how their production is regulated. I also discuss the function of these vesicles and the initial attempts to exploit them for biotechnological purposes.

Journal or Publication Title: Nature reviews. Microbiology
Journal volume: 10
Number: 10
Divisions: 10 Department of Biology
10 Department of Biology > Microbiology and Archaea
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2012 06:29
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