Electron microscopy analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis cell division

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The ultrastructure of Mycobacterium tuberculosis cells undergoing division was examined by electron microscopy. Two features of cell division were observed and are described here. First, cells are capable of undergoing a type of "snapping" postfission movement. This movement is likely due to a multi-layered cell wall in which the inner layer participates in septum formation while the outer layer ruptures first on one side. A second feature related to cell division is the ability of dividing cells to form transient branching structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004


  • Cell branching
  • Electron microscopy
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Snapping cell division

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