PMID: 5903106Jan 1, 1966

Some singular properties of bacterial flagella, with special reference to monotrichous forms

Journal of Bacteriology
F F Roberts, R N Doetsch


Roberts, F. F., Jr. (University of Maryland, College Park), and R. N. Doetsch. Some singular properties of bacterial flagella, with special reference to monotrichous forms. J. Bacteriol. 91:414-421. 1966.-Heat (60 C for 30 min), 10 m acetamide, and 8 m urea all brought about rapid and complete dissolution of flagella from monotrichous bacteria; hence, these flagella respond similarly to those of peritrichous forms. Chloramphenicol (10(3) mug/ml) inhibited regeneration of flagella in all peritrichously flagellated cultures; however, monotrichous forms were able to regenerate their flagella in a concentration 10(2) times that required to inhibit multiplication. Peritrichous bacteria did not synthesize flagella when infected by lytic bacteriophages. In these experiments, the time from infection to lysis was sufficient for uninfected controls to resynthesize their flagella. Monotrichous bacteria, however, in all but one instance, were able to resynthesize their flagella before lysis occurred. A study of flagella resynthesis in a non-nutritive milieu indicated that only a small amount of flagellum precursor is present in any given cell. The effect of temperature on synthesis of flagella indicated that, although some bacteria multipl...Continue Reading


Apr 4, 2009·Bulletin of Mathematical Biology·Chia-Yu Hsu, Robert Dillon
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