Bacterial structural biology articles from across Nature Portfolio

Bacterial structural biology is a scientific discipline that concerns the structure of bacterial macromolecules, especially proteins and nucleic acids. Such studies are used to understand the function and properties of components of the bacterial cell.

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  • News & Views |

    Contractile injection systems are nanomachines used by bacteria to puncture target cell membranes, thereby mediating bacterial competition and infection of eukaryotic cells. Two studies shed light on the structural diversity of these molecular spearguns using advanced multiscale imaging techniques.

    • Ricardo D. Righetto
    •  & Benjamin D. Engel
    Nature Microbiology 7, 363-364
  • News & Views |

    Many bacteria rely on their flagella for motility, yet the molecular mechanism of flagellar rotation was previously unclear. Recently, multiple papers solved the atomic structure of the bacterial flagellum stator complex, elucidating how these intricate molecular machines operate.

    • Natalie S. Al-Otaibi
    •  & Julien R. C. Bergeron
    Nature Microbiology 5, 1455-1456
  • Research Highlights |

    Two recent studies report the structural basis of transcription–translation coupling in Escherichia coli, and a further study reports functionally uncoupled transcription–translation in Bacillus subtilis.

    • Ashley York