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STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY

A new spin on flagellar rotation

Many bacteria rely on their flagella for motility, yet the molecular mechanism of flagellar rotation was previously unclear. Recently, multiple papers solved the atomic structure of the bacterial flagellum stator complex, elucidating how these intricate molecular machines operate.

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Fig. 1: Molecular mechanism of the bacterial flagellum motor.

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Al-Otaibi, N.S., Bergeron, J.R.C. A new spin on flagellar rotation. Nat Microbiol 5, 1455–1456 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-020-00820-9

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