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Chemotaxis in Escherichia Coli

  • J. Adler

Abstract

Motile bacteria are attracted to a variety of chemicals — a phenomenon called chemotaxis (for a review, see Weibull, 1960). Although chemotaxis by bacteria has been recognized since the end of the nineteenth century, thanks to the pioneering work of Engelmann, Pfeffer, and other biologists, the mechanisms involved are still almost entirely unknown. How do bacteria detect the attractants? How is this sensed information translated into action; that is, how are the flagella directed?

Keywords

Extensive Metabolism Phosphotransferase System Mutant Bacterium Methyl Glucoside Motile Bacterium 
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© Plenum Publishing Company Ltd. 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Adler
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeneticsUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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