kids encyclopedia robot

Bacterial microcompartment facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts

A bacterial microcompartment is a structure inside bacteria. They are made of a protein shell which surrounds and encloses various enzymes. They are similar to eukaryotic cell organelles, but do not have plasma membranes. They do not contain lipids.

These compartments are typically about 100-200 nanometres across and made of interlocking proteins.

Protein-enclosed compartments are also found in eukaryotes, such as enzyme encapsulation.

Images for kids

kids search engine
Bacterial microcompartment Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.