15.11.2022 Bacterial Plasmid Segregation: Two Heads, One Hat

An interdisciplinary study reveals a unified model for plasmid distribution in bacterial cell division

Foto: Max-Planck-Institut für terrestrische Mikrobiologie/Robin Köhler

Using a combination of biology and mathematics, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology have uncovered a common principle of bacterial plasmid segregation. The team led by Dr. Seán Murray was able to show that the forces at work in different models are fundamentally of the same nature. The new directed motion model unifies previously contradictory models for plasmid segregation and probably also applies to chromosomal systems.

The full article can be found on the homepage of the MPI Marburg: https://www.mpi-marburg.mpg.de/1239756/2022-11-a