Structural diversity of bacterial flagellar motors.

  title={Structural diversity of bacterial flagellar motors.},
  author={Songye Chen and Morgan Beeby and Gavin E. Murphy and Jared R. Leadbetter and David R. Hendrixson and Ariane Briegel and Zhuo Li and Jian Shi and Elitza I. Tocheva and Axel M{\"u}ller and Megan J. Dobro and Grant J Jensen},
  journal={The EMBO journal},
  volume={30 14},
The bacterial flagellum is one of nature's most amazing and well-studied nanomachines. Its cell-wall-anchored motor uses chemical energy to rotate a microns-long filament and propel the bacterium towards nutrients and away from toxins. While much is known about flagellar motors from certain model organisms, their diversity across the bacterial kingdom is less well characterized, allowing the occasional misrepresentation of the motor as an invariant, ideal machine. Here, we present an electron… CONTINUE READING