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Research Article

Specialized Peptidoglycan Hydrolases Sculpt the Intra-bacterial Niche of Predatory Bdellovibrio and Increase Population Fitness

  • Thomas R. Lerner equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Thomas R. Lerner, Andrew L. Lovering

    Affiliation: Centre for Genetics and Genomics, School of Biology, University of Nottingham, Medical School, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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  • Andrew L. Lovering equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Thomas R. Lerner, Andrew L. Lovering

    Affiliation: School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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  • Nhat Khai Bui,

    Affiliation: The Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, Medical School, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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  • Kaoru Uchida,

    Affiliation: Department of Life Sciences, Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Shobara, Hiroshima, Japan

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  • Shin-Ichi Aizawa,

    Affiliation: Department of Life Sciences, Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Shobara, Hiroshima, Japan

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  • Waldemar Vollmer,

    Affiliation: The Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, Medical School, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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  • R. Elizabeth Sockett mail

    liz.sockett@nottingham.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Centre for Genetics and Genomics, School of Biology, University of Nottingham, Medical School, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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  • Published: February 09, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1002524

About the Authors

Thomas R. Lerner, R. Elizabeth Sockett
Centre for Genetics and Genomics, School of Biology, University of Nottingham, Medical School, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Andrew L. Lovering
School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Nhat Khai Bui, Waldemar Vollmer
The Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, Medical School, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Kaoru Uchida, Shin-Ichi Aizawa
Department of Life Sciences, Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Shobara, Hiroshima, Japan

Corresponding Author

Email: liz.sockett@nottingham.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RES ALL TRL WV. Performed the experiments: TRL ALL NKB KU. Analyzed the data: RES ALL TRL WV S-IA. Wrote the paper: TRL RES ALL WV.