Induction of coordinated movement of Myxococcus xanthus cells.

  title={Induction of coordinated movement of Myxococcus xanthus cells.},
  author={Lawrence Joseph Shimkets and Dale Kaiser},
  journal={Journal of bacteriology},
  volume={152 1},
Rhythmically advancing waves of cells, called ripples, arise spontaneously during the aggregation of Myxococcus xanthus into fruiting bodies. Extracts prepared by washing rippling cells contain a substance that will induce quiescent cells to ripple. Three lines of evidence indicate that murein (peptidoglycan) is the ripple-inducing substance in the extracts. First, ripple-inducing activity is associated with the cell envelope of sonically disrupted M. xanthus cells. Second, whole cells, cell… CONTINUE READING


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