Morphogenetic surfactants and their role in the formation of aerial hyphae in Streptomyces coelicolor
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2005
Volume 59, Issue 3, pages 731–742, February 2006
How to Cite
Willey, J. M., Willems, A., Kodani, S. and Nodwell, J. R. (2006), Morphogenetic surfactants and their role in the formation of aerial hyphae in Streptomyces coelicolor. Molecular Microbiology, 59: 731–742. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2005.05018.x
- Issue published online: 16 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 16 DEC 2005
- Accepted 24 November, 2005.
Withstanding environmental adversity and seeking optimal conditions for reproduction are basic requirements for the survival of all organisms. Filamentous bacteria of the genus Streptomyces produce a remarkable cell type called the aerial hyphae that is central to its ability to meet both of these challenges. Recent advances have brought about a major shift in our understanding of the cell surface proteins that play important roles in the generation of these cells. Here we review our current understanding of one of these groups of proteins, the morphogenetic surfactants, with emphasis on the SapB protein of Streptomyces coelicolor.