Subcellular Biochemistry

Prokaryotic Cytoskeletons

Filamentous Protein Polymers Active in the Cytoplasm of Bacterial and Archaeal Cells

Editors: Löwe, Jan, Amos, Linda A. (Eds.)

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  • Focusses on supramolecular structure and function: filaments working as intracellular machines
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This book describes the structures and functions of active protein filaments, found in bacteria and archaea, and now known to perform crucial roles in cell division and intra-cellular motility, as well as being essential for controlling cell shape and growth. These roles are possible because the cytoskeletal and cytomotive filaments provide long range order from small subunits. Studies of these filaments are therefore of central importance to understanding prokaryotic cell biology. The wide variation in subunit and polymer structure and its relationship with the range of functions also provide important insights into cell evolution, including the emergence of eukaryotic cells.

Individual chapters, written by leading researchers, review the great advances made in the past 20-25 years, and still ongoing, to discover the architectures, dynamics and roles of filaments found in relevant model organisms. Others describe one of the families of dynamic filaments found in many species. The most common types of filament are deeply related to eukaryotic cytoskeletal proteins, notably actin and tubulin that polymerise and depolymerise under the control of nucleotide hydrolysis. Related systems are found to perform a variety of roles, depending on the organisms. Surprisingly, prokaryotes all lack the molecular motors associated with eukaryotic F-actin and microtubules. Archaea, but not bacteria, also have active filaments related to the eukaryotic ESCRT system. Non-dynamic fibres, including intermediate filament-like structures, are known to occur in some bacteria.. Details of known filament structures are discussed and related to what has been established about their molecular mechanisms, including current controversies. The final chapter covers the use of some of these dynamic filaments in Systems Biology research. The level of information in all chapters is suitable both for active researchers and for advanced students in courses involving bacterial or archaeal physiology, molecular microbiology, structural cell biology, molecular motility or evolution.

Chapter 3 of this book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Overview of the Diverse Roles of Bacterial and Archaeal Cytoskeletons

    Amos, Linda A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • E. coli Cell Cycle Machinery

    Lutkenhaus, Joe (et al.)

    Pages 27-65

  • Cell Cycle Machinery in Bacillus subtilis

    Errington, Jeff (et al.)

    Pages 67-101

  • Cytoskeletal Proteins in Caulobacter crescentus: Spatial Orchestrators of Cell Cycle Progression, Development, and Cell Shape

    Sundararajan, Kousik (et al.)

    Pages 103-137

  • FtsZ Constriction Force – Curved Protofilaments Bending Membranes

    Erickson, Harold P. (et al.)

    Pages 139-160

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Prokaryotic Cytoskeletons
Book Subtitle
Filamentous Protein Polymers Active in the Cytoplasm of Bacterial and Archaeal Cells
Editors
  • Jan Löwe
  • Linda A. Amos
Series Title
Subcellular Biochemistry
Series Volume
84
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53047-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53047-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53045-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85048-1
Series ISSN
0306-0225
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 450
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 69 illustrations in colour
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