Chemotaxis in Myxococcus


WE have been studying the formation of fruiting bodies by the myxobacterium Myxococcus xanthus. One area of concern was the mechanism by which vegetative rods accumulate to form the aggregates which later give rise to mature fruiting bodies. Bonner1 has suggested that chemotaxis may be involved. Lev2 and Jennings3 have described a compound in mature fruiting bodies which can induce fruiting in cells growing on a medium in which fruiting does not ordinarily occur, but it is not clear that their substance attracts vegetative cells.

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McVITTIE, A., ZAHLER, S. Chemotaxis in Myxococcus. Nature 194, 1299–1300 (1962).

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