Nature Reviews Microbiology 2, 217-230 (March 2004) | doi:10.1038/nrmicro842

Magnetosome formation in prokaryotes

Dennis A. Bazylinski1 & Richard B. Frankel2  About the authors


Magnetotactic bacteria were discovered almost 30 years ago, and for many years and many different reasons, the number of researchers working in this field was few and progress was slow. Recently, however, thanks to the isolation of new strains and the development of new techniques for manipulating these strains, researchers from several laboratories have made significant progress in elucidating the molecular, biochemical, chemical and genetic bases of magnetosome formation and understanding how these unique intracellular organelles function. We focus here on this progress.

Author affiliations

  1. Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA.
  2. Department of Physics, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California 93407, USA.

Correspondence to: Dennis A. Bazylinski1 Email:


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