Basal bodies

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Basal Bodies are small complex structures embedded in cell surface to which flagella hook is connected[1]. The basal bodies of the Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria vary due to the difference in their outer envelope stuctures. They contain 15 or more proteins that cluster together to form a rod to which 4 rings are attached in Gram-negative bacteria and 2 rings in Gram-positive bacteria[2].

References

  1. Neidhardt FC, Ingraham JL, Schaechter M. Physiology of the Bacterial Cell: A Molecular Approach. Massachusetts: Sinauer Associates. 1990.
  2. Neidhardt FC, Ingraham JL, Schaechter M. Physiology of the Bacterial Cell: A Molecular Approach. Massachusetts: Sinauer Associates. 1990.
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