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An Actin-based Cytoskeleton in Archaea.
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PMID:  21414041     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In eukaryotic and bacterial cells, spatial organization is dependent upon cytoskeletal filaments. Actin is a main eukaryotic cytoskeletal element, involved in key processes such as cell shape determination, mechanical force generation and cytokinesis. We describe an archaeal cytoskeleton which forms helical structures within Pyrobaculum calidifontis cells, as shown by in situ immunostaining. The core components include an archaeal actin homolog, Crenactin, closely related to the eukaryotic counterpart. The crenactin gene belongs to a conserved gene cluster denoted Arcade (actin-related cytoskeleton in Archaea involved in shape determination). The phylogenetic distribution of arcade genes is restricted to the crenarchaeal Thermoproteales lineage, and to Korarchaeota, and correlates with rod-shaped and filamentous cell morphologies. Whereas Arcadin-1, -3 and -4 form helical structures, suggesting cytoskeleton-associated functions, Arcadin-2 was found to be localized between segregated nucleoids in a cell subpopulation, in agreement with possible involvement in cytokinesis. The results presented here support a crenarchaeal origin of the eukaryotic actin cytoskeleton and, as such, have implications for theories concerning the origin of the eukaryotic cell.
Thijs J G Ettema; Ann-Christin Lindås; Rolf Bernander
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-18
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Title:  Molecular microbiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2958     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
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Created Date:  2011-3-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8712028     Medline TA:  Mol Microbiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Molecular Evolution, Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University. Norbyvägen 18C, SE-752 36, Uppsala, Sweden.
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