Bacterial gliding motility: multiple mechanisms for cell movement over surfaces.

  title={Bacterial gliding motility: multiple mechanisms for cell movement over surfaces.},
  author={Mark J McBride},
  journal={Annual review of microbiology},
The mechanisms responsible for bacterial gliding motility have been a mystery for almost 200 years. Gliding bacteria move actively over surfaces by a process that does not involve flagella. Gliding bacteria are phylogenetically diverse and are abundant in many environments. Recent results indicate that more than one mechanism is needed to explain all forms of bacterial gliding motility. Myxococcus xanthus "social gliding motility" and Synechocystis gliding are similar to bacterial "twitching… CONTINUE READING

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