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Bacterial Flagellum Motor

by Ramon Andrade

Digital illustration 20 x 26

Illustration showing the structure of the flagellum (yellow) of a bacterium and its internal motor. A flagellum is a threadlike structure used by bacteria to swim. This motor induces rotation in the flagellum, using ATP (adenosine triphosphate). The motor comprises of a ring shaped torque generator, known as a stator, a central rotor and a rod that turns the flagellum.

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