The archaellum: how Archaea swim

  title={The archaellum: how Archaea swim},
  author={Sonja-Verena Albers and Ken F Jarrell},
  booktitle={Front. Microbiol.},
Recent studies on archaeal motility have shown that the archaeal motility structure is unique in several aspects. Although it fulfills the same swimming function as the bacterial flagellum, it is evolutionarily and structurally related to the type IV pilus. This was the basis for the recent proposal to term the archaeal motility structure the "archaellum." This review illustrates the key findings that led to the realization that the archaellum was a novel motility structure and presents the… CONTINUE READING
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