Yves Briers, Peter Walde, Markus Schuppler and Martin J. Loessner How did bacterial ancestors reproduce? Lessons from L-form cells and giant lipid vesicles BioEssays 34
When studying primitive or primordial cell division mechanisms, a top-down approach (analysis of cell wall-deficient bacteria or L-forms) and a bottom-up approach (using giant vesicles or experimental protocells) meet each other at the morphological level. The striking similarities provide insights into the possible origin and evolution of cell reproduction mechanisms.
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