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Arch Microbiol. 1994;161(3):199-206.

Colicins: structures, modes of action, transfer through membranes, and evolution.

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  • 1Mikrobiologie/Membranphysiologie, Universität Tübingen, Germany.


This article intends to inform a broader audience on a fascinating class of protein toxins (bacteriocins) which usually kill only cells of the same species. Those who gained a deeper interest in bacteriocins can find a comprehensive description of the field in a recent book based on a conference (James et al. 1992), and in more specialized review articles dealing with certain aspects (Pugsley 1984a, b), or certain colicins (De Graaf and Oudega 1986; Harkness and Olschläger 1991; Lazdunski et al. 1988). The older literature has been reviewed by Brandis and Smarda (1971), Reeves (1972), Hardy (1975) and Konisky (1982).

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