Towards a model for Flavobacterium gliding

Abhishek Shrivastava, Howard C. Berg

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Cells of Flavobacterium johnsoniae, a rod-shaped bacterium about 6. μm long, do not have flagella or pili, yet they move over surfaces at speeds of about 2. μm/s. This motion is called gliding. Recent advances in F. johnsoniae research include the discovery of mobile cell-surface adhesins and rotary motors. The puzzle is how rotary motion leads to linear motion. We suggest a possible mechanism, inspired by the snowmobile.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-97
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Microbiology
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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