Difference in bacterial motion between forward and backward swimming caused by the wall effect.

@article{Magariyama2005DifferenceIB,
  title={Difference in bacterial motion between forward and backward swimming caused by the wall effect.},
  author={Yukio Magariyama and Makoto Ichiba and Kousou Nakata and Kensaku Baba and Toshio Ohtani and Seishi Kudo and Tomonobu Goto},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  year={2005},
  volume={88 5},
  pages={3648-58}
}
A bacterial cell that has a single polar flagellum alternately repeats forward swimming, in which the flagellum pushes the cell body, and backward swimming, in which the flagellum pulls the cell body. We have reported that the backward swimming speeds of Vibrio alginolyticus are on average greater than the forward swimming speeds. In this study, we quantitatively measured the shape of the trajectory as well as the swimming speed. The trajectory shape in the forward mode was almost straight… CONTINUE READING

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