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Whether a cell runs or tumbles depends on the direction of rotation of its flagella, but the story turns out to be rather complicated. A tumble involves not only a change in the direction of rotation of one or more of the flagellar filaments, but also a sequence of changes in their handedness and pitch.
KeywordsRotary Motor Flagellar Motion Flagellar Filament Cell Swim Helical Geometry
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- Berg, H. C. 1976. Does the flagellar rotary motor step? In: Cell Motility. R. Goldman, T. Pollard, T. Rosenbaum, editors. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, pp. 47–56.Google Scholar