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Trends Microbiol. 1995 May;3(5):196-8.

Rickettsia prowazekii, ribosomes and slow growth.

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Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile 36688, USA.


Some bacteria, such as Rickettsia prowazekii, grow slowly, not with anticipation of a future feast, but because it is evolutionarily advantageous to do so. This creates apparent paradoxes for understanding their physiology and biochemistry. These rickettsiae have a ribosome concentration higher than expected if these ribosomes support translation at rates comparable to those in Escherichia coli.

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