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Life without a wall or division machine in Bacillus subtilis

Nature volume 460, page 538 (23 July 2009) | Download Citation


Nature 457, 849–853 (2009)

It has been drawn to our attention that proliferation by a ‘budding’ process, similar to the one we described, has been reported many years ago for pleuropneumonia-like organisms and L-form bacteria1,2. The implication that this mode of replication is common to a wide range of bacteria supports the idea that ‘extrusion-resolution’ is representative of an ancient mode of proliferation invented before the divergence of the main groups of modern bacteria.


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    & Untersuchungen über die Morphologie und die Vermehrung der pleuropneumonie-ähnlichen Organismen und der L-Phase der Bakterien. I. Lichtmikroskopische Untersuchungen. Arch. Mikrobiol. 21, 178–201 (1954)

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    , & Untersuchungen über die Morphologie und die Vermehrung der pleuropneumonieähnlichen Organismen und der L-Phase der Bakterien. II. Elektronenmikroskopische Untersuchungen. Arch. Mikrobiol. 21, 202–216 (1954)

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