Bacterial flagellar diversity and evolution: seek simplicity and distrust it?

Lori A.S. Snyder*, Nicholas J. Loman, Klaus Fütterer, Mark J. Pallen

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Abstract

Flagella are the chief organelles of motility in bacteria. In recent years, several new findings have illuminated the evolution of bacterial flagella, including cut-down versions of the organelle in Buchnera, a dispensable ATPase and structural evidence for homology between FliG (a component of the flagellar motor) and MgtE (a magnesium transporter). However, a fresh examination of the phylogenetic distribution of flagellar genes warns against a simplistic model of early flagellar evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

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