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Curr Biol. 2000 Nov 2;10(21):R777-80.

Bacterial motility: how do pili pull?

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Departments of Biochemistry and Developmental Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California 94305-5329, USA.

Abstract

Forceful retraction of a bacterial pilus has been directly observed for the first time. As retraction clarifies the basic mechanochemistry of single cell twitching and gliding movements, so cell-to-cell signalling by contact clarifies the coordination of multicellular gliding movements.

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11084348
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