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Diversity of archaeal type IV pilin-like structures


Albers,  S.
Max Planck Research Group Molecular Biology of Archaea, Alumni, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Max Planck Society;

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Albers, S., & Pohlschröder, M. (2009). Diversity of archaeal type IV pilin-like structures. Extremophiles, 13, 403-410.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-C4FB-1
Bacterial type IV pili perform important functions in such disparate biological processes as surface adhesion, cell–cell interactions, autoaggregation, conjugation, and twitching motility. Unlike bacteria, archaea use a type IV pilus related structure to drive swimming motility. While this unique flagellum is the best-studied example of an archaeal IV pilus-like structure, recent in silico, in vivo and structural analyses have revealed a highly diverse set of archaeal non-flagellar type IV pilus-like structures. Accumulating evidence suggests that these structures play important diverse roles in archaea.