Intracellular Structures of Prokaryotes: Inclusions, Compartments and Assemblages

J. M. Shively, G. C. Cannon, S. Heinhorst, J. A. Fuerst, Donald Ashley Bryant, E. Gantt, J. A. Maupin-Furlow, D. Schüler, F. Pfeifer, R. Docampo, C. Dahl, J. Preiss, A. Steinbüchel, B. A. Federici

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Discrete structures found within the cytoplasm of the prokaryotic cell (in one case in the periplasm) represent certain aspects of an organism's metabolic capability. The structures, varying in size, shape, content, and architecture, are either naked or surrounded with a barrier, for example, a protein shell or coat, a lipid monolayer, a protein-lipid monolayer, or a lipid-protein bilayer (unit membrane). A brief, up-to-date overview is provided for each of 14 structural types: anammoxosomes, carboxysomes, chlorosomes, gas vesicles, insecticidal proteins, magnetosomes, phycobilisomes, proteasomes, and granules of cyanophycin, glycogen, polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), polyphosphate, triacylglycerols (TAG) and wax esters (WE). Each of the structures, based on their primary function, is placed into one of three categories: (1) structures as metabolic machinery, (2) structures as contributors to cell mobility, and (3) structures as metabolic reserves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Microbiology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780123739445
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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