How much cytoplasm can a bacterial genome control?

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2010.11.009
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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal of Microbiological Methods
Volume84
Issue1
Pages147150; # of pages: 4
SubjectBacteria; Cell division; Cytoplasm; Genome; Synthetic microbiology; Energetics; Metabolism; Evolution; Cell size
AbstractIn this perspective we discuss that bacterial genomes have optimized during evolution to control a range of cytoplasm, from immediately after cell division to a maximum amount/volume present just prior to DNA replication and subsequent cell division. The genetic expansion of bacteria via evolution may be limited to a genome size:cytoplasm amount/volume ratios and energetics that have been selected for during 3.6-4. billion years of evolution on the Earth. The optimal genome size is one that is relatively constant, but also has some plasticity for evolutionary change (via gene transfer) and mutational events, and can control a range of cytoplasm during the cell cycle.
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AffiliationNRC Biotechnology Research Institute; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number52773
NPARC number16616688
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