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Bacteria use slime jets to get around

  1. Apr 2, 2006 #1

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    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn8933-bacteria-use-slime-jets-to-get-around.html

    Myxobacteria are quite an interesting bacteria because it's predatory and works as community very well.

    I wonder how fast the slime has be "oozed" out to create motion and how much energy is used. I am still a bit sckeptical because I tried to located to the original study but the only study I found was the following one http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/..._uids=15997338&query_hl=2&itool=pubmed_docsum

    This study seems to be based on computer generation and mathetical models. I wonder how good the model is?
     
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  3. Apr 4, 2006 #2

    Here's another mention of slime trails and motility in bacteria. Its a PDF at:

    http://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/Haseloff/iGEM2005/PDFrefs/chemotaxis/bactmob/files/Merz2002.pdf

    I don't know if using slime jets is more advanced than using flagellia or if its a pre-cursor to the "molecular motor function, signal transduction or type III bacterial protein secretion". Its interesting though. The bacteria are saying, "look mom, no flagellia"!

    This PDF is on a site for a Genetically Engineered Machines Competition from 2005.

    Here's another person studying...:

    From: http://www.arn.org/blogsq/index.php...al_mobility_and_chemotax&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

    Actually, I didn't see the world "jets" used in either of these articles but "secretion of slime" to get around seemed to be a close match.
     
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