Analysis of the life cycle of Mycoplasma gallisepticum.

Journal of Bacteriology


Morowitz, Harold J. (Yale University, New Haven, Conn.), and Jack Maniloff. Analysis of the life cycle of Mycoplasma gallisepticum. J. Bacteriol. 91:1638-1644. 1966.-A series of electron microscope observations on Mycoplasma gallisepticum strain A5969 have been made by use of thin-section techniques and negative staining. The methods presented a consistent picture of a postdivision cell, which contains a fibrillar nuclear region, surrounding ribosomal region, highly organized bleb at one end of the cell, granular infrableb region, and bounding unit membrane. Cell division commenced with the appearance of a second infrableb area at the end of the cell opposite the original bleb. A new bleb grew in this area, and the cell then elongated. The nuclear material segregated into two parts separated by a band of ribosomes. A constriction appeared, in this central ribosome-packed area, leading to the formation of two daughter cells. The following was noted: the cells were very small (volume, 5 x 10(-14) cm(3)); each cell was highly structured and strongly ordered; and the replication appeared to be a very precisely programmed series of events.


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