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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2001 Dec;4(6):674-80.

Cell cycle control of cell morphogenesis in Caulobacter.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569, USA.


In Caulobacter crescentus, morphogenic events, such as cytokinesis, the establishment of asymmetry and the biogenesis of polar structures, are precisely regulated during the cell cycle by internal cues, such as cell division and the initiation of DNA replication. Recent studies have revealed that the converse is also true. That is, differentiation events impose regulatory controls on other differentiation events, as well as on progression of the cell cycle. Thus, there are pathways that sense the assembly of structures or the localization of complexes and then transduce this information to subsequent biogenesis or cell cycle events. In this review, we examine the interplay between flagellar assembly and the C. crescentus cell cycle.

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