The choreographed dynamics of bacterial chromosomes

Zemer Gitai, Martin Thanbichler, Lucy Shapiro

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Despite decades of study, the exquisite temporal and spatial organization of bacterial chromosomes has only recently been appreciated. The direct visualization of specific chromosomal loci has revealed that bacteria condense, move and position their chromosomes in a reproducible fashion. The realization that bacterial chromosomes are actively translocated through the cell suggests the existence of specific mechanisms that direct this process. Here, we review bacterial chromosome dynamics and our understanding of the mechanisms that direct and coordinate them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-228
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology
  • Microbiology


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