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Chapter 38 : A Bacterium Learns Long Division

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The common picture of a dividing rod-shaped bacterium encompasses the positioning of the divisome, including an FtsZ-ring, in the cell center. This occurs after the cell has doubled its length without increasing its diameter. Conversely, increase in diameter without cell elongation would seem highly unlikely in a rod-shaped organism. Yet, this happens.

Citation: Nanninga N. 2016. A Bacterium Learns Long Division, p 150-152. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch38
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Citation: Nanninga N. 2016. A Bacterium Learns Long Division, p 150-152. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch38
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SEM of tightly apposed ectosymbionts on the surface of . Electron micrograph by N. Leisch.

Citation: Nanninga N. 2016. A Bacterium Learns Long Division, p 150-152. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch38
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Figure 2: A. Cell length compared to cell volume in symbiont or . B. Cell width in or compared to cell volume. . Cells arranged according to division stage and imaged by differential contrast images (upper row) and confocal fluorescent microscopy (lower row). FtsZ is visible as green spots in the lower panel.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23058799www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23058799

Citation: Nanninga N. 2016. A Bacterium Learns Long Division, p 150-152. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch38
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Nanne Nanninga is Emeritus Professor of Molecular Cytology, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Citation: Nanninga N. 2016. A Bacterium Learns Long Division, p 150-152. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch38
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