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The archaellum: a rotating type IV pilus

Now online in Molecular Microbiology our studies on the motility of Sulfolobus acidocaldarius and its unique swimming organelle, the archaellum.

Author
R. Shahapure, R.P.C. Driessen, M.F. Haurat, S.V. Albers & R.T. Dame
Date
08 January 2014
Links
DOI: 10.1111/mmi.12486

Unexpectedly, our studies reveal that this type IV pilus like structure is capable of rotation and that its rotation drives swimming motility. Moreover, our studies show that temperature has a direct effect on rotation velocity explaining temperature dependent swimming motility.

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