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What is the structure of a flagella?

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2012-10-17 02:41:22
2012-10-17 02:41:22

The bacterial flagellum is made up of the proteinflagellin. Its shape is a 20nanometer-thick hollow tube. It is helicaland has a sharp bend just outside the outer membrane; this "hook" allows the axis of the helix to point directly away from the cell. A shaft runs between the hook and the basal body, passing through protein rings in the cell's membrane that act as bearings. Gram-positive organisms have 2 of these basal body rings, one in the peptidoglycanlayer and one in the plasma membrane.Gram-negative organisms have 4 such rings: the L ring associates with the lipopolysaccharides, the P ring associates with peptidoglycanlayer, the M ring is embedded in the plasma membrane, and the S ring is directly attached to the plasma membrane. The filament ends with a capping protein.

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