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Bickley C, Wan J and Komeili A. Intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of conditional localization of Mms6 to magnetosome organelles in Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1. Journal of Bacteriology. 2024. link

Bickley C and Komeili A. Intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of conditional localization of Mms6 to magnetosome organelles in Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1.  2024. biorxiv preprint


Wan J, Monteil CL, Taoka A, Ernie G, Park K, Amor M, Taylor-Cornejo E, Lefevre CT, Komeili A. McaA and McaB control the dynamic positioning of a bacterial magnetic organelle. Nature Communications. 2022. link

Grant CR, Amor M, Trujillo H, Krishnapura S, Iavarone AT, Komeili A. Distinct gene clusters drive formation of ferrosome organelles in bacteria. Nature. 2022. link

bioRxiv preprint

Updated Preprint

Wan J, Browne PJ, Hershey DM, Montabana E, Iavarone AT, Downing KH, Komeili A. A protease-mediated switch regulates the growth of magnetosome organelles in Magnetospirillum magneticum. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 Feb 8. link. twitter thread.

McCausland HC, Wetmore KM, Arkin AP, Komeili A. Global Analysis of Biomineralization Genes in Magnetospirillum magneticum

AMB-1. mSystems. 2022 Jan 25. link. twitter thread.

Amor M, Wan J, Egli R, Carlut J, Gatel C, Andersen IM, Snoeck E, Komeili A. Key signatures of magnetofossils elucidated by mutant magnetotactic bacteria and micromagnetic calculations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 2022. link. twitter thread by Amor.


McCausland HC, Wetmore KM, Arkin AP, Komeili A. Mapping the genetic landscape of biomineralization in Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1 with RB-TNseq. 2021 Aug 13. bioRxiv preprint.

Amor M, Wan J, Egli R, Carlut J, Gatel C, Andersen IM, Snoeck E, Komeili A. Magnetic flux closure in mutant magnetotactic bacteria elucidates a key signature of magnetofossils. Research Square preprint.


Amor M, Ceballos A, Wan J, Simon CP, Aron AT, Chang CJ, Hellman F, Komeili A. Magnetotactic bacteria accumulate a large pool of iron distinct from their magnetite crystals. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2020 Oct. link, bioRxiv preprint


McCausland HC, Komeili A. Magnetic genes: Studying the genetics of biomineralization in magnetotactic bacteria. PLOS Genetics. 2020 Feb 13. link

Grant CR, Komeili A. Ferrosomes are iron storage organelles formed by broadly conserved gene clusters in bacteria and archaea. 2020 Jan 11. 

Amor M, Tharaud M, Gélabert A, Komeili A. Single-cell determination of iron content in magnetotactic bacteria: implications for the iron biogeochemical cycle. Environ Microbiol. 2020 March. 22(3), 823-831. link, bioRxiv preprint.


Tay A, McCausland H, Komeili A, Di Carlo D. Nano and Microtechnologies for the Study of Magnetotactic Bacteria. Advanced Functional Materials. 2019 Sep. 29(38), 1904178. link

Grant CR, Rahn-Lee L, LeGault KN, Komeili A. Genome Editing Method for the Anaerobic Magnetotactic Bacterium Desulfovibrio magneticus RS-1. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2018 Oct 30;84(22). link, bioRxiv preprint.

Grant CR, Wan J, Komeili A. Organelle Formation in Bacteria and Archaea. Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol. 2018 Aug 16. link 


Bergeron JR, Hutto R, Ozyamak E, Hom N, Hansen J, Draper O, Byrne ME, Keyhani S, Komeili A, Kollman JM. Structure of the magnetosome-associated actin-like MamK filament at subnanometer resolution. Protein Sci. 2017 Jan;26(1):93-102. link


Hershey, DM, Browne PJ, Iavarone AT, Teyra J, Lee EH, Sidhu SS, Komeili A. Magnetite Biomineralization in Magnetospirillum magneticum is Regulated by Switch-like Behavior in the HtrA Protease MamE. J Biol Chem. 2016 Jun 14. link, bioRxiv preprint

Hershey DM, Ren X, Melnyk RA, Browne PJ, Ozyamak E, Jones SR, Chang MC, Hurley JH, Komeili A. MamO Is a Repurposed Serine Protease that Promotes Magnetite Biomineralization through Direct Transition Metal Binding in Magnetotactic Bacteria. PLoS Biol. 2016 Mar 16;14(3):e1002402. link

Cornejo E, Subramanian P, Li Z, Jensen GJ, Komeili A. Dynamic Remodeling of the Magnetosome Membrane Is Triggered by the Initiation of Biomineralization. mBio. 2016 Feb 16;7(1). pii: e01898-15. link


Jones S, Wilson T, Brown M, Rahn-Lee L, Yu Y, Fredriksen L, Ozyamak E, Komeili A, and Chang M. Genetic and biochemical investigations of the role of MamP in redox control of iron biomineralization in Magnetospirillum magneticum. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. March 2015. link

Chariaou M, Rahn-Lee L, Kind J, García-Rubio I, Komeili A, Gehring AU. Anisotropy of Bullet-Shaped Magnetite Nanoparticles in the Magnetotactic Bacteria Desulfovibrio magneticus sp. Strain RS-1. Biophys J. 2015 Mar 10;108(5):1268-74. link

Rahn-Lee L, Byrne ME, Zhang M, Le Sage D, Glenn DR, Milbourne T, Walsworth RL, Vali H, Komeili A. A genetic strategy for probing the functional diversity of magnetosome formation. PLoS Genet. 2015 Jan 8;11(1):e1004811. link  (also see featured commentary by Faivre and Baumgartner)


Abreu N, Mannoubi S, Ozyamak E, Pignol D, Ginet N, Komeili A. The interplay between two bacterial actin homologs, MamK and MamK-like, is required for the alignment of magnetosome organelles in Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1. J Bacteriol. 2014 Jun 23. pii: JB.01674-14. link

Cornejo E, Abreu N, Komeili A. Compartmentalization and organelle formation in bacteria. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2014 Jan 15;26C:132-138. link


Rahn-Lee L and Komeili A The magnetosome model: insights into the mechanisms of bacterial biomineralization. Front. Microbiol. 2013 4:352. link

Ozyamak E, Kollman JM, Komeili A. Bacterial actins and their diversity. Biochemistry. 2013 Sep 9. link

Le Sage D, Arai K, Glenn DR, DeVience SJ, Pham LM, Rahn-Lee L, Lukin MD, Yacoby A, Komeili A, Walsworth RL. Optical magnetic imaging of living cells. Nature. 2013 Apr 25;496(7446):486-9. link

Ozyamak E, Kollman J, Agard DA, Komeili A. The bacterial actin MamK: in vitro assembly behavior and filament architecture.  Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2013 Feb;288(6):4265-77. link


Greene SE, Komeili A. Biogenesis and subcellular organization of the magnetosome organelles of magnetotactic bacteria. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2012 Jun 20. link

Murat D, Falahati V, Bertinetti L, Csencsits R, Körnig A, Downing K, Faivre D, Komeili A. The magnetosome membrane protein, MmsF, is a major regulator of magnetite biomineralization in Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1. Mol Microbiol. 2012 Jun 20. link

Greene SE, Brilli M, Biondi E, Komeili A. Analysis of the CtrA Pathway in Magnetospirillum Reveals an Ancestral Role in Motility in Alphaproteobacteria. Journal of Bacteriology. 2012 Jun;194(11):2973-86. link

Komeili A. Molecular Mechanisms of Compartmentalization and Biomineralization in Magnetotactic Bacteria. FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2012 Jan;36(1):232-55. link


Draper O, Byrne ME, Li Z, Keyhani S, Barrozo JC, Jensen G, Komeili A. MamK, a bacterial actin, forms dynamic filaments in vivo that are regulated by the acidic proteins MamJ and LimJ. Mol Microbiol. 2011 Oct;82(2):342-54. link

Zeytuni N, Ozyamak E, Ben-Harush K, Davidov G, Levin M, Gat Y, Moyal T, Brik A, Komeili A, Zarivach R. Self-recognition mechanism of MamA, a magnetosome-associated TPR-containing protein, promotes complex assembly. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Aug 16;108(33):E480-7. link

Quinlan A, Murat D, Vali H, Komeili A. The HtrA/DegP family protease MamE is a bifunctional protein with roles in magnetosome protein localization and magnetite biomineralization. Mol Microbiol. 2011 May;80(4):1075-87. link


Topp S, Reynoso CM, Seeliger JC, Goldlust IS, Desai SK, Murat D, Shen A, Puri AW, Komeili A, Bertozzi CR, Scott JR, Gallivan JP. Synthetic Riboswitches that Induce Gene Expression in Diverse Bacterial Species. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2010 Dec;76(23):7881-4. link

Murat D, Byrne M, Komeili A. Cell Biology of Prokaryotic Organelles. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2010 Oct 1. link

Byrne ME, Ball DA, Guerquin-Kern JL, Rouiller I, Wu TD, Downing KH, Vali H, Komeili A. Desulfovibrio magneticus RS-1 contains an iron- and phosphorus-rich organelle distinct from its bullet-shaped magnetosomes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Jul 6;107(27):12263-8. link

Murat D, Quinlan A, Vali H, Komeili A. Comprehensive genetic dissection of the magnetosome gene island reveals the step-wise assembly of a prokaryotic organelle. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Mar 23;107(12):5593-8. link


Komeili A. Molecular mechanisms of magnetosome formation. Annu Rev Biochem. 2007;76:351-66. Review. link 


Komeili A, Li Z, Newman DK, Jensen GJ. Magnetosomes are cell membrane invaginations organized by the actin-like protein MamK. Science. 2006 Jan 13;311(5758):242-5. link

Komeili A. Cell biology of magnetosome formation. In "Magnetoreception and Magnetosomes in Bacteria." Ed. D. Schüler. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. 2006. pp 163-174. link


Weiss BP, Kim SS, Kirschvink JL, Kopp RE, Sankaran M, Kobayashi A, Komeili A. Magnetic tests for magnetosome chains in Martian meteorite ALH84001. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Jun 1;101(22):8281-4. link

Komeili A, Vali H, Beveridge TJ, Newman DK. Magnetosome vesicles are present before magnetite formation, and MamA is required for their activation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Mar 16;101(11):3839-44. link

Weiss B.P., Kim S.S., Kirschvink J.L. , Sankaran M., Kobayashi A., Komeili A.. Ferromagnetic resonance and low temperature magnetic tests for biogenic magnetite. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 2004; 224:73-89. link


Komeili A, O'Shea EK. New perspectives on nuclear transport. Annual Review of Genetics. 2001; 35:341-64.

Komeili A, Wedaman KP, O'Shea EK, Powers T. Mechanism of Metabolic Control. Target of rapamycin signaling links nitrogen quality to the activity of the Rtg1 and Rtg3 transcription factors. J Cell Biol. 2001; 151:863-878.


Komeili A, O'Shea EK. Nuclear transport and transcription. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2000; 12:355-60.


Komeili A, O'Shea EK. Roles of phosphorylation sites in regulating activity of the transcription factor Pho4. Science. 1999; 284:977-80.

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