Rototrichous: a new type of bacterial flagellation

  • Hayk MinasyanEmail author
Original Paper


A rod-shaped microorganism with unknown type of flagellation has been accidentally discovered during phase-contrast microscopy of a sample of contaminated human donor blood. The flagellum consists of three fragments that form a complex locomotor device attached to bacterial body. The device provides bacterial motility by rotating around longitudinal axis of bacterial body and so this type of flagellation has been named “rototrichous.” This newly discovered bacterial flagellation should be included in the classification of bacterial flagellations.


Bacteria Motility Flagellation Rototrichous 


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