Viscosity-dependent locomotion of oral spirochetes.

  title={Viscosity-dependent locomotion of oral spirochetes.},
  author={A Klitorinos and Penny Noble and R. Siboo and Esther Chin Chi Chan},
  journal={Oral microbiology and immunology},
  volume={8 4},
Spirochetes are thought to remain motile in environments (such as intercellular spaces) that immobilize extracellularly flagellated eubacteria. This attribute suggests that the viscosity of the milieu is of importance to locomotion. We sought to determine the interdependence of oral spirochete locomotion with media viscosity. Video time-lapse microscopy using darkfield optics was used. The motility of the spirochetes in media of different viscosities (various concentrations of Noble agar) was… CONTINUE READING

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