Microbiology: And Amoebophilus Invented the Machine Gun!

Curr Biol. 2017 Nov 6;27(21):R1170-R1173. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.09.025.


Bacterial contractile injection systems are fascinating particles that use a spring-like mechanism to inject an effector-loaded needle into target cells. A recent study shows that the intracellular bacterium Amoebophilus asiaticus uses arrays of contractile structures to escape from the amoeba phagosome.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Amoeba*
  • Bacteroidetes*
  • Phagosomes