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Defining motility in the Staphylococci

Pollitt, Eric J.G.; Diggle, Stephen P.

Authors

Eric J.G. Pollitt

Stephen P. Diggle



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.

Citation

Pollitt, E. J., & Diggle, S. P. (in press). Defining motility in the Staphylococci. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 74(16), https://doi.org/10.1007/s00018-017-2507-z

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 14, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 4, 2017
Deposit Date Mar 21, 2017
Publicly Available Date Apr 4, 2017
Journal Cellular and Molecular Life Science
Print ISSN 1420-682X
Electronic ISSN 1420-682X
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 74
Issue 16
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s00018-017-2507-z
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/41414
Publisher URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00018-017-2507-z
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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