Nanotubes, intercellular highways of bacteria
Our laboratory discovered and characterized intercellular membranous nanotubes formed among neighbouring bacterial cells. We provided evidence that via these junctions bacteria exchange cytoplasmic molecules including, antibiotic resistant proteins and DNA.
We showed that this exchange occurs not only between bacteria of the same species, but even between bacteria of different species. This is an entirely new concept that suggests that proximity between species provides an enormous potential for the emergence of new features.
Our laboratory is now engaged in defining the molecular components and the molecular cargo of nanotubes.
See also our ERC-Synergy project
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