Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 171, Issue 2, pp 167–176 | Cite as

Genetics of gliding motility in Myxococcus xanthus (Myxobacterales): Genes controlling movement of single cells

  • Jonathan Hodgkin
  • Dale Kaiser


M. xanthus is a gliding bacterium whose motility is subject to intercellular control. Strain DK101 of M. xanthus gives rise to 6 distinct types of nonmotile mutants and transduction of motility between mutants, mediated by the generalized transducing phage Mx8, identifies the gene loci that underlie the six types. Five of the types, B, C, D, E, and F, are contitional mutants that can be stimulated to move by wild-type cells or by cells of a different mutant type. Mutants of each stimulation type lie in separate and distinct loci, cglB, cglC, cglD, cglE and cglF. The sixth mutant type can stimulate any of the five other types to move, never moves itself, and is produced by mutations in at least 17 loci.


Single Cell Gene Locus Distinct Type Mutant Type Distinct Locus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Hodgkin
    • 1
  • Dale Kaiser
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryStanford University Medical SchoolStanfordUSA

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