Flagella stator homologs function as motors for myxobacterial gliding motility by moving in helical trajectories.

@article{Nan2013FlagellaSH,
  title={Flagella stator homologs function as motors for myxobacterial gliding motility by moving in helical trajectories.},
  author={Beiyan Nan and Jigar N. Bandaria and Amirpasha Moghtaderi and Im-Hong Sun and Ahmet Yildiz and David R. Zusman},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2013},
  volume={110 16},
  pages={E1508-13}
}
Many bacterial species use gliding motility in natural habitats because external flagella function poorly on hard surfaces. However, the mechanism(s) of gliding remain elusive because surface motility structures are not apparent. Here, we characterized the dynamics of the Myxococcus xanthus gliding motor protein AglR, a homolog of the Escherichia coli flagella stator protein MotA. We observed that AglR decorated a helical structure, and the AglR helices rotated when cells were suspended in… CONTINUE READING
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