Copper-Zinc superoxide dismutase from Caulobacter
It was discovered that the Caulobacter
crescentus bacterium, which is often the first creature to colonize a wet surface, produces the strongest glue known to man, with an adhesive force almost three times stronger than commercial superglue.
They hope to use the substance from Caulobacter
crescentus in operations - if they can stop it from sticking to all it touches.
The bacterium Caulobacter
cres-centus begins its life as a mobile, tail-sporting cell.
Their scientists had to apply a force of about 1 micronewton to remove a single Caulobacter
This is true for Caulobacter
crescentus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Xylella fastidioasa (Figure 2).
One objective of the program is to develop new instrumentation capable of analyzing the extremely complex world of cell division and growth by studying four different organisms: zebrafish, fruit flies, Streptomyces fungi, and the Caulobacter
The researchers started the project by trying to understand why the bacterium Caulobacter
crescentus produces two distinct types of cell - one with a flagellum (appendage) and the other without.
This made no sense at first," said Shapiro, "because Caulobacter
doesn't need a flagellum to live.
For the study, the researchers analysed the swimming patterns of one particular bacterium called, Caulobacter
The researchers identified crescentin while studying Caulobacter
crescentus, which comes in curved or helical forms, depending on its length.
Additional new databases include those for Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the result of a joint effort with Stanford University sponsored by the Department of Energy's Microbial Cell Project, Caulobacter