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Fruiting Body Development in Myxococcus xanthus: a Multicellular Developmental Program That Leads to Sporulation

Krista M. Giglio and Anthony G. Garza
from: Bacterial Spores: Current Research and Applications (Edited by: Ernesto Abel-Santos). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2012)


The myxobacteria are Gram-negative spore formers. Although the spores of myxobacteria and those of Bacillus species, which are Gram-positive bacteria, have many properties in common, the developmental processes that lead to their formation are fundamentally different. In this chapter, we give a general overview of sporulation in the model myxobacterium Myxoccocus xanthus. We discuss the developmental process that yields M. xanthus spores, the structural and biochemical properties of the spores and the genes that are associated with sporulation in this organism, and we compare each to its counterpart in Bacillus read more ...
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