A Ubiquitous Platform for Bacterial Nanotube Biogenesis

Saurabh Bhattacharya, Amit K. Baidya, Ritesh Ranjan Pal, Gideon Mamou, Yair E. Gatt, Hanah Margalit, Ilan Rosenshine*, Sigal Ben-Yehuda

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Bhattacharya et al. show that bacterial intercellular nanotubes, facilitating cytoplasmic molecular exchange among cells, emerge from conserved CORE components of the flagellar export apparatus. CORE-mediated nanotube formation is widespread among bacterial species. The results establish the CORE-derived nanotube as a ubiquitous organelle, facilitating intercellular molecular trafficking across the bacterial kingdom.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)334-342.e10
JournalCell Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - 9 Apr 2019

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  • Bacillus subtilis
  • bacterial communication
  • bacterial community
  • contact-dependent molecular exchange
  • flagella type III secretion system
  • flagellar export apparatus
  • nanotubes


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