Cluster of Excellence –
University of Freiburg

Light-controlled motility in prokaryotes and the problem of directional light perception

Wilde A, Mullineaux CW.

FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2017 Oct 18. [Epub ahead of print]

FEMS Microbiol Rev.        online article

In this publication we discuss our current understanding of the ways in which bacteria can perceive the intensity, wavelength and direction of illumination, and the signal transduction networks that link light perception to the control of motile behavior. We explain the peculiarities and the common features of light-controlled motility systems in prokaryotes as diverse as cyanobacteria, purple photosynthetic bacteria, chemoheterotrophic bacteria and haloarchaea.