Dynamics of Chromosome Replication and Its Relationship to Predatory Attack Lifestyles in Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus

Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Łukasz MakowskiJolanta Zakrzewska-Czerwińska


Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is a small Gram-negative, obligate predatory bacterium that is largely found in wet, aerobic environments (e.g., soil). This bacterium attacks and invades other Gram-negative bacteria, including animal and plant pathogens. The intriguing life cycle of B. bacteriovorus consists of two phases: a free-living nonreplicative attack phase, in which the predatory bacterium searches for its prey, and a reproductive phase, in which B. bacteriovorus degrades a host's macromolecules and reuses them for its own growth and chromosome replication. Although the cell biology of this predatory bacterium has gained considerable interest in recent years, we know almost nothing about the dynamics of its chromosome replication. Here, we performed a real-time investigation into the subcellular localization of the replisome(s) in single cells of B. bacteriovorus Our results show that in B. bacteriovorus, chromosome replication takes place only during the reproductive phase and exhibits a novel spatiotemporal arrangement of replisomes. The replication process starts at the invasive pole of the predatory bacterium inside the prey cell and proceeds until several copies of the chromosome have been completely synthesized. Chromo...Continue Reading

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