Harvard University - Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

VISUALIZING A DNA TRANSLOCASE

Source: Losick Lab

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The image is a sporulating bacterium with its membranes stained in red and its chromosomes in blue. The image shows a division septum (upper right) that has partitioned the bacterium into large and small compartments with DNA transversing the septum between the two. The green dot is a DNA translocase that forms a channel in the membrane and is responsible for pumping an entire chromosome across the septum into the small compartment.

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updated: 04/15/2014