Defining motility in the Staphylococci

Pollitt, Eric J.G. and Diggle, Stephen P. (2017) Defining motility in the Staphylococci. Cellular and Molecular Life Science, 74 (16). pp. 2943-2958. ISSN 1420-682X

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Abstract

The ability of bacteria to move is critical for their survival in diverse environments and multiple ways have evolved to achieve this. Two forms of motility have recently been described for Staphylococcus aureus, an organism previously considered to be non-motile. One form is called spreading, which is a type of sliding motility and the second form involves comet formation, which has many observable characteristics associated with gliding motility. Darting motility has also been observed in Staphylococcus epidermidis. This review describes how motility is defined and how we distinguish between passive and active motility. We discuss the characteristics of the various forms of Staphylococci motility, the molecular mechanisms involved and the potential future research directions.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Identification Number: 10.1007/s00018-017-2507-z
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 09:51
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2017 21:12
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/41414

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