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Prokaryotic Cytoskeletons

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Chapter title
Structure and Dynamics of Actin-Like Cytomotive Filaments in Plasmid Segregation
Chapter number 10
Book title
Prokaryotic Cytoskeletons
Published in
Sub cellular biochemistry, May 2017
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-53047-5_10
Pubmed ID
Book ISBNs
978-3-31-953045-1, 978-3-31-953047-5

Pananghat Gayathri, Shrikant Harne


Jan Löwe, Linda A. Amos


One of the well-known functions of the bacterial cytoskeleton is plasmid segregation. Type II plasmid segregation systems, among the best characterized with respect to the mechanism of action, possess an actin-like cytomotive filament as the motor component. This chapter describes the essential components of the plasmid segregation machinery and their mechanism of action, concentrating on the actin-like protein family of the bacterial cytoskeleton. The structures of the actin-like filaments depend on their nucleotide state and these in turn contribute to the dynamics of the filaments. The components that link the filaments to the plasmid DNA also regulate filament dynamics. The modulation of the dynamics facilitates the cytomotive filament to function as a mitotic spindle with a minimal number of components.

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Unknown 4 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Doctoral Student 2 50%
Student > Bachelor 1 25%
Student > Master 1 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 25%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 25%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 25%
Physics and Astronomy 1 25%