Bacterial development

Bacterial development is a process that allows bacteria to develop into different cellular states; for example, the formation of spores or the establishment of competence.

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  • News & Views |

    To grow and divide properly, bacteria need to coordinate DNA replication with cell division. A recent study identifies CcrZ as a protein from Streptococcus pneumoniae that links these two processes by interacting with FtsZ, the orchestrator of cell division, and modulating the activity of DnaA, the initiator of DNA replication.

    • Joe Lutkenhaus
    Nature Microbiology 6, 1108-1109
  • Research Highlights |

    This study reports that ICEBs1, which is an integrative and conjugative element of Bacillus subtilis, provides a selective advantage to its host cells during two developmental processes: biofilm formation and sporulation.

    • Andrea Du Toit
  • Research Highlights |

    This study shows that the toxin of a toxin−antitoxin system triggers the rapid transformation of spiral-shaped Helicobacter pylori into coccoids.

    • Andrea Du Toit
  • Research Highlights |

    Two studies now provide insights into how surface contact and sensing stimulate the synthesis of c-di-GMP, which accelerates cell cycle progression and cell differentiation in Caulobacter crescentus.

    • Andrea Du Toit
  • Research Highlights |

    A recent study found that bacterial volatile organic compounds attract springtails to soil-dwelling Streptomyces species, promoting the dispersal of spores.

    • Ashley York