Energetics of gliding motility in Mycoplasma mobile.


Mycoplasma mobile glides on surfaces at up to 7 microm/s by an unknown mechanism. We studied the energetics that power gliding by using a novel, growth medium-free system. We found that cells could glide in defined media if the glass substrate is preconditioned by exposure to horse serum. The active component that potentiates gliding is sensitive to… (More)

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