Jared Schrader's research group publishes paper on new kind of membrane-lacking organelle

A new paper by Jared Schrader’s research group in the department of biological sciences and collaborators at the University of Pittsburgh has been published by Molecular Cell, a scientific journal that covers research on molecular biology. The paper describes a recently discovered kind of membrane-lacking organelle found in bacterial cells called Bacterial Ribonucleoprotein bodies (BR-bodies).  
 
“Despite the assumed simplicity of bacterial cell organization due to the lack of membrane bound organelles, this study shows that bacteria do indeed utilize structures that organize their biochemical pathways with similar overall functionality to a membrane bound organelle,” said Schrader. “This is the first evidence that a bacterial membraneless organelle can assemble via liquid-liquid phase separation, changing the textbook view of how these cells are organized.” 
 
Schrader said that these conclusions indicate that bacterial cells are more complex than previously accepted. Schrader’s lab is currently working on experiments that define how BR-bodies catalyze the biochemical reactions that are carried out inside of them.  
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Jared Schrader's research group publishes paper on new kind of membrane-lacking organelle 9/20/2018
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