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Team Tango Alpha

  • Bess Lippmann
  • Colby Swanson

mreB Project Description

The goal of our project is to clone the gene, mreB, from Caulobacter crescentus (stalked shaped cell) into Escherchia coli (rod shaped cell)to see if mreB will affect E. coli's cell shape in some way. We expect to see the E. coli cells lyse or change from their normal rod shape.

MreB is a rod-shape determining gene that appears as bands or spirals encircling the cell. It is known to associate with mreC and penicillin-binding proteins to catalyze precursors for the peptidoglycan cell wall and correctly position polar bacterial proteins. It is also homologous of actin in eukaryotes.


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