Spore No More: Quality Control during Bacterial Development

Dev Cell. 2015 Sep 28;34(6):611-2. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2015.09.011.


In this issue of Developmental Cell, Tan et al. (2015) describe an elegant mechanism functioning during sporulation in Bacillus subtilis. Their findings suggest that quality control purges unfit spores via programmed cell death, providing further insight into the utility of this phenomenon in unicellular organisms.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis*
  • Bacillus subtilis / growth & development*
  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cell Communication*
  • Spores, Bacterial / physiology*


  • Bacterial Proteins