How does bacteria move?



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    There are three ways in which bacteria move:
    -The use of flagella which protrude from the cell and can work like a tail(s)
    -Some bacteria such as Spirochaetes have what is known as an axial filament which is an internalized structure which allows the cell to rotate in a spiral-like manner, resulting in locomotion.
    -Gliding bacteria secrete a copious slime, but the mechanism which allows mobility is still unknown.

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    Most forms of bacteria move through the use of flagella. These things are long, whip-like tails that allow bacteria to swim through their environment. The flagella serves the same function of a ship’s propeller for bacteria. Other forms of bacteria control their depth in water through the use of gas bubbles, while some just glide through surfaces, leaving trails of slime.

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    To follow up on these answers, which are both correct.  There are some semi-understood way that bacteria move by bacterial gliding.  After secretion, some bacteria glide using type IV Pili, which is a system made of several thin, but strong pilin (protein strings) for movement.  Other bacteria that move by bacterial gliding use a twitching energy that is not understood.

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