Molecules in Time and Space

Bacterial Shape, Division and Phylogeny

  • Miguel Vicente
  • Javier Tamames
  • Alfonso Valencia
  • Jesús Mingorance

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Janet Siefert
    Pages 1-11
  3. José M. Andreu, María A. Oliva, Sonia Huecas
    Pages 133-153
  4. Eduardo López-Viñas, Paulino Gómez-Puertas
    Pages 155-172
  5. Jesús Mingorance, Anabel Rico, Paulino GÓmez-Puertas
    Pages 173-194
  6. Antoine Danchin, Stanislas Noria
    Pages 195-208
  7. Manuel J. Gómez, Ildefonso Cases, Alfonso Valencia
    Pages 209-237
  8. Miguel Vicente, Javier Álvarez, Rocío Martínez-Arteaga
    Pages 239-248
  9. Jesús Mingorance, Javier Tamames
    Pages 249-271
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 273-275

About this book


During the last decade a wealth of new data has arisen from the use of new fluorescent labelling techniques and the sequencing of whole microbial genomes. One important conclusion from these data is that bacterial cells are much more structured than previously thought. The wall and the outer membrane contain topological domains, some proteins localize or move in specific patterns inside the cells, and some genes appear clustered in the chromosome and form conserved evolutionary units. Many of these structures are related to the cell cycle and to the process of cell morphogenesis, two processes that are themselves related to each other. From these observations the dcw gene cluster appears as a phylogenetic trait that is mainly conserved in bacilli. Molecules in Time and Space reviews the data on the formation of subcellular patterns or structures in bacteria, presents observations and hypotheses on the establishment and the maintenance of cell shape, and on the organization of genetic information in the chromosome.


Chromosom Escherichia coli bacteria bacterial cell conservation genes prokaryotes proteins

Editors and affiliations

  • Miguel Vicente
    • 1
  • Javier Tamames
    • 2
  • Alfonso Valencia
    • 1
  • Jesús Mingorance
    • 1
  1. 1.CSIC National Biotechnology CentreMadridSpain
  2. 2.BioAlma, S.L.MadridSpain

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