Diameter of carboxysome

Range ~100 nm
Organism bacteria
Reference Parsons JB et al., Synthesis of empty bacterial microcompartments, directed organelle protein incorporation, and evidence of filament-associated organelle movement. Mol Cell. 2010 Apr 23 38(2):305-15. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2010.04.008 p.305 right column 2nd paragraphPubMed ID20417607
Comments P.305 right column 2nd paragraph: "The best-known example of the BMC (bacterial microcompartment) is the carboxysome, a polyhedral edifice found in cyanobacteria and some chemoautotrophic bacteria that is associated with the fixation of carbon dioxide (Iancu et al., 2007, Schmid et al., 2006, Tanaka et al., 2008). The carboxysome has a highly organized composition that is about 100 nm in diameter and houses both the Calvin cycle enzyme ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO) and carbonic anhydrase. The ability to catalyze the rapid interconversion of carbon dioxide and bicarbonate inside the microcompartment is thought to concentrate carbon dioxide and overcome the well-documented inefficiency of RuBisCO."
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