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Vibrio cholerae use pili and flagella synergistically to effect motility switching and conditional surface attachment.

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We show that Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of cholera, use their flagella and mannose-sensitive hemagglutinin (MSHA) type IV pili synergistically to switch between two complementary motility states that together facilitate surface selection and attachment. Flagellar rotation counter-rotates the cell body, causing MSHA pili to have periodic mechanical contact with the surface for surface-skimming cells. Using tracking algorithms at 5 ms resolution we observe two motility behaviours: 'ro...

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10.1038/ncomms5913

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics
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Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Journal:
Nature communications
Volume:
5
Pages:
4913
Publication date:
2014-01-01
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EISSN:
2041-1723
ISSN:
2041-1723
URN:
uuid:6a457427-ca09-49e4-9caf-95d2353902e2
Source identifiers:
485437
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pubs:485437
Language:
English

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