The kinky propulsion of Spiroplasma

Charles W. Wolgemuth, Nyles W. Charon

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Abstract

Bacteria have evolved many different means of generating movement. In this issue of Cell, Shaevitz et al. (2005) describe the swimming movement of a helical bacterium called Spiroplasma. They discover that Spiroplasma propels itself by generating two temporally distinct kinks that travel the length of the bacterium. These results point to the existence of a contractile apparatus that drives cell movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-828
Number of pages2
JournalCell
Volume122
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 23 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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