Helix-like biopolymers can act as dampers of force for bacteria in flows

@article{Zakrisson2012HelixlikeBC,
  title={Helix-like biopolymers can act as dampers of force for bacteria in flows},
  author={Johan Zakrisson and Krister Wiklund and Ove Axner and Magnus L. Andersson},
  journal={European Biophysics Journal},
  year={2012},
  volume={41},
  pages={551-560}
}
Biopolymers are vital structures for many living organisms; for a variety of bacteria, adhesion polymers play a crucial role for the initiation of colonization. Some bacteria express, on their surface, attachment organelles (pili) that comprise subunits formed into stiff helix-like structures that possess unique biomechanical properties. These helix-like structures possess a high degree of flexibility that gives the biopolymers a unique extendibility. This has been considered beneficial for… CONTINUE READING
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