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Nat Rev Microbiol. 2007 Nov;5(11):862-72.

Chemosensory pathways, motility and development in Myxococcus xanthus.

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Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720-3204, USA. zusman@berkeley.edu

Abstract

The complex life cycle of Myxococcus xanthus includes predation, swarming, fruiting-body formation and sporulation. The genome of M. xanthus is large and comprises an estimated 7,400 open reading frames, of which approximately 605 code for regulatory genes. These include eight clusters of chemotaxis-like genes that define eight chemosensory pathways, most of which have dedicated functions. Although many of these chemosensory pathways have a role in controlling motility, at least two of these pathways control gene expression during development.

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17922045
DOI:
10.1038/nrmicro1770
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