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Jan 13, 2014

Extracellular vesicles in the ocean!

Yet another example of the expanding field of extracellular vesicles - researchers have now found EV from marine cyanobacteria!

Marine cyanobacteria are tiny ocean plants that produce oxygen and make organic carbon using sunlight and CO2. These microbes are primary engines of Earth's biogeochemical and nutrient cycles. In a paper published this week in Science, postdoc Steven Biller, Professor Sallie (Penny) Chisholm, and co-authors report the discovery of large numbers of extracellular vesicles associated with the two most abundant types of cyanobacteria, Prochlorococcus and Synechoccocus.


Sources: (Norwegian version) (English version)

S. J. Biller, F. Schubotz, S. E. Roggensack, A. W. Thompson, R. E. Summons, S. W. Chisholm, Bacterial Vesicles in Marine Ecosystems, Science, vol. 343, 10. januar 2014, 183-186.
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