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What is Essential for Flagellar Assembly?

Shin-Ichi Aizawa
from: Pili and Flagella: Current Research and Future Trends (Edited by: Ken Jarrell). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2009)


The flagellum is a motile organelle for most swimming bacteria. In Salmonella enterica, flagellar assembly and function requires about 50 genes, among which 21 gene products are incorporated in the complete flagellar structure as component proteins. In other eubacterial species including gram-positive bacteria and spirochetes, the number of genes and component proteins required for flagellar assembly is more or less the same, suggesting that the assembly mechanism for the flagellar structure is universal and that the flagellar machine is essentially the same in all species read more ...
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