Caterpillar-like bacteria crawling in our mouth

Theresa Bittermann, Silvia Bulgheresi

Likely to survive in the oral cavity, bacteria evolved to divide along their longitudinal axis without parting from one another. A research team co-led by environmental cell biologist Silvia Bulgheresi from the University of Vienna and microbial geneticist Frédéric Veyrier from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) just published their new insights in Nature Communications. In their work, they described the division mode of these caterpillar-like bacteria and their evolution from a rod-shaped ancestor. They propose to establish Neisseriaceae oral bacteria as new model organisms that could help pinpoint new antimicrobial targets.

Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Department für Funktionelle und Evolutionäre Ökologie
ÖFOS 2012
106022 Mikrobiologie
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