Archaeal Surface Structures and Their Role in Communication with the Extracellular Environment

S.-V. Albers*, T. E. F. Quax

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Communication with the extracellular environment and with other organisms is often mediated by cellular surface structures. Archaea use a range of different surface structures for processes such as attachment, directed movement, biofilm formation and DNA exchange. In addition, viruses can attach to these surface structures. Some of the archaeal structures display homology with those of bacteria, while others domain specific. In this chapter we discuss the function of currently characterized archaeal surface structures and their role in biocommunication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiocommunication of Archaea
EditorsGuenther Witzany
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-65536-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-65535-2, 978-3-319-88050-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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