A distinct type of cellular organization was found in two species of the planctomycete genus and . Both species possess two distinct regions within the cell which are separated by a single membrane. The major region of the cell, the pirellulosome, contains the fibrillar condensed nucleoid. The other area, the polar cap region, forms a continuous layer surrounding the entire pirellulosome and displays a cap of asymmetrically distributed material at one cell pole. Immuno- and cytochemical-labelling of demonstrated that DNA is located exclusively within the pirellulosome; cell RNA is concentrated in the pirellulosome, with some RNA also located in the polar cap region.


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