Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 50, Issue 9, pp 1263–1265

Following the Behavior of the Flagellar Rotary Motor Near Zero Load

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Abstract

At room temperature at stall, the flagellar motor of the bacterium Escherichia coli exerts a torque of ~1,300 pN nm. At zero external load, it spins ~330 Hz. A robust method for studying the motor near zero load is reviewed here.

Keywords

Bacterial motility Light scattering Nano-gold 

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© Society for Experimental Mechanics 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Molecular and Cellular BiologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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