Positional Information During Caulobacter Cell Differentiation

Curr Opin Genet Dev. 1991 Oct;1(3):324-9. doi: 10.1016/s0959-437x(05)80295-3.


The formation of two distinct daughter cells upon division of the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus is the result of asymmetry in the predivisional cell, in part due to localization of both flagellar and chemotaxis proteins to the swarmer cell pole. Recent evidence suggests that both localized transcription and protein targeting directed by specific amino acid sequence are involved in the localization.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism
  • Caulobacter crescentus / cytology*
  • Caulobacter crescentus / genetics
  • Caulobacter crescentus / growth & development
  • Cell Compartmentation*
  • Cell Cycle
  • Chemotaxis
  • Flagella / metabolism
  • Flagellin / genetics
  • Flagellin / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial*
  • Genes, Bacterial
  • Morphogenesis / genetics
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Flagellin