Characterization of gliding motility in Flexibacter polymorphus.

  title={Characterization of gliding motility in Flexibacter polymorphus.},
  author={H F Ridgway and Ralph A. Lewin},
  journal={Cell motility and the cytoskeleton},
  volume={11 1},
Motility of the marine gliding bacterium Flexibacter polymorphus was studied by using microcinematographic techniques. Following adhesion to a glass surface, multicellular filaments and individual cells usually began to glide within a few seconds at a speed of approximately 12 micron per second (at 23 degrees C). Adhesion to the glass surface was evidently mediated by multitudes of extremely fine extracellular fibrils. Gliding velocity was independent of filament length but directly related to… CONTINUE READING

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