The mechanism of outer membrane penetration by the eubacterial flagellum and implications for spirochete evolution.

@article{Chevance2007TheMO,
  title={The mechanism of outer membrane penetration by the eubacterial flagellum and implications for spirochete evolution.},
  author={Fabienne F. V. Chevance and Noriko Takahashi and Joyce E. Karlinsey and Joshua P Gnerer and Takanori Hirano and Ram Samudrala and Shin-ichi Aizawa and Kelly T Hughes},
  journal={Genes & development},
  year={2007},
  volume={21 18},
  pages={2326-35}
}
The rod component of the bacterial flagellum polymerizes from the inner membrane across the periplasmic space and stops at a length of 25 nm at the outer membrane. Bushing structures, the P- and L-rings, polymerize around the distal rod and form a pore in the outer membrane. The flagellar hook structure is then added to the distal rod growing outside the cell. Hook polymerization stops after the rod-hook structure reaches approximately 80 nm in length. This study describes mutants in the distal… CONTINUE READING

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