Undermodification cues division

May 27th, 2021 by Malcolm E. Winkler

Nature Chemical Biology, Published online: 27 May 2021; doi:10.1038/s41589-021-00818-2

Extracellular peptidoglycan-linked polysaccharide modifications mediate cell morphology, division, and autolysis in some Gram-positive bacterial pathogens. A new study shows that the degree and location of a specific modification controls peptidoglycan hydrolysis and placement of the axis of cell division.