Gliding motility revisited: how do the myxobacteria move without flagella?

@article{Mauriello2010GlidingMR,
  title={Gliding motility revisited: how do the myxobacteria move without flagella?},
  author={Emilia M F Mauriello and T{\^a}m Mignot and Zhaomin Yang and David R. Zusman},
  journal={Microbiology and molecular biology reviews : MMBR},
  year={2010},
  volume={74 2},
  pages={
          229-49
        }
}
In bacteria, motility is important for a wide variety of biological functions such as virulence, fruiting body formation, and biofilm formation. While most bacteria move by using specialized appendages, usually external or periplasmic flagella, some bacteria use other mechanisms for their movements that are less well characterized. These mechanisms do not always exhibit obvious motility structures. Myxococcus xanthus is a motile bacterium that does not produce flagella but glides slowly over… CONTINUE READING
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