Cell-to-cell stimulation of movement in nonmotile mutants of Myxococcus.

  title={Cell-to-cell stimulation of movement in nonmotile mutants of Myxococcus.},
  author={Jonathan Hodgkin and Dale Kaiser},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={74 7},
A large number of nonmotile mutants of the gliding bacterium Myxococcus xanthus have been isolated and partly characterized. About [unk] of these mutants are conditional mutants of a novel kind: mutant cells become transiently motile after contact with nonmutant cells or with cells of a different mutant type. These "stimulatable" mutants fall into five phenotypic classes (types B, C, D, E, and F). Most mutants are nonstimulatable (type A) and never become motile, but type A cells (and wild-type… CONTINUE READING
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