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A porin-type protein is the main constituent of the cell envelope of the ancestral eubacterium Thermotoga maritima

Rachel, Reinhard ; Engel, A.M. ; Huber, R. ; Stetter, Karl Otto ; Baumeister, W.


Thermotoga maritima is an extremely thermophilic eubacterium and represents the deepest known branch and the most slowly evolving line within this kingdom. This bacterium possesses a sheath-like envelope which forms characteristic balloons (the ‘toga’) around the cell poles. We have shown by electron microscopy in conjunction with image processing and by biochemical analyses that this sheath is ...


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