Bacteria that glide with helical tracks. Academic Article uri icon


  • Many bacteria glide smoothly on surfaces, despite having no discernable propulsive organelles on their surface. Recent experiments with Myxococcus xanthus and Flavobacterium johnsoniae show that both of these distantly related bacterial species glide using proteins that move in helical tracks, albeit with significantly different motility mechanisms. Both species utilize proton-motive force for movement. Although the motors that power gliding in M.xanthus have been identified, the F.johnsoniae motors remain to be discovered.

published proceedings

  • Curr Biol

altmetric score

  • 11.414

author list (cited authors)

  • Nan, B., McBride, M. J., Chen, J., Zusman, D. R., & Oster, G.

citation count

  • 71

complete list of authors

  • Nan, Beiyan||McBride, Mark J||Chen, Jing||Zusman, David R||Oster, George

publication date

  • February 2014