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Curr Biol. 2004 Mar 9;14(5):R192-4.

Pathogens: bacterial needles ruled to length and specificity.

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The University of British Columbia, Biotechnology Laboratory, Vancouver, BC, Canada. nthomas@interchange.ubc.ca

Abstract

The mechanisms behind length regulation of prokaryotic surface structures has long eluded microbiologists. The recent identification of a protein that functions as a 'molecular ruler' to determine the physical length of a bacterial extracellular needle advances our understanding of surface structure biogenesis.

PMID:
15028235
DOI:
10.1016/j.cub.2004.02.019
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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