Gas vesicles

Michael Witty mw132 at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk
Wed Aug 7 07:08:46 EST 2002


On 7 Aug 2002, Yoram Gerchman wrote:

> Greetings netters
> Just wondering, when a bacteria is making gas vesicles, how does it remove
> the liquids from inside?
> Thanks Yoram

Could it be like this:
1].  The inside of a cell is super-saturated for dissolved CO2 because of
     respiration.
2].  The inside part of the ?proteins? that make the vesicle are really
     great for precipitating a little bubble.
3].  Buoyancy!

Danger: all of the above is speculation.  Regards, Mike.




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