Specific arrangement of alpha-helical coiled coils in the core domain of the bacterial flagellar hook for the universal joint function.

@article{Fujii2009SpecificAO,
  title={Specific arrangement of alpha-helical coiled coils in the core domain of the bacterial flagellar hook for the universal joint function.},
  author={Takashi Fujii and Takayuki Kato and Keiichi Namba},
  journal={Structure},
  year={2009},
  volume={17 11},
  pages={
          1485-93
        }
}
The bacterial flagellar hook is a short, highly curved tubular structure connecting the rotary motor to the filament acting as a helical propeller. The bending flexibility of the hook allows it to work as a universal joint. A partial atomic model of the hook revealed a sliding intersubunit domain interaction along the protofilament to produce bending flexibility. However, it remained unclear how the tightly packed inner core domains can still permit axial extension and compression. We report… CONTINUE READING

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