More than propellers: how flagella shape bacterial motility behaviors

Citation:

Grognot M, Taute KM. More than propellers: how flagella shape bacterial motility behaviors [Internet]. Current Opinion in Microbiology 2021;61(June 2021):73-81.

Abstract:

Bacteria use a wide variety of flagellar architectures to navigate their environment. While the iconic run-tumble motility strategy of the peritrichously flagellated Escherichia coli has been well studied, recent work has revealed a variety of new motility behaviors that can be achieved with different flagellar architectures, such as single, bundled, or opposing polar flagella. The recent discovery of various flagellar gymnastics such as flicking and flagellar wrapping is increasingly shifting the view from flagella as passive propellers to versatile appendages that can be used in a wide range of conformations. Here, we review recent observations of how flagella shape motility behaviors and summarize the nascent structure-function map linking flagellation and behavior.

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Last updated on 04/13/2021