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Rhamnolipid from Pseudomonas aeruginosa inactivates mammalian tracheal ciliary axonemes.
Cell motility and the cytoskeleton
  • Annette T. Hastie
  • Susan T. Hingley, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • M. L. Higgins
  • Friedrich Kueppers
  • T. Shryock
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Isolated ciliary axonemes from pig trachea were exposed to increasing concentrations of purified Pseudomonas aeruginosa rhamnolipid. This is a defined ciliary system allowing observation of direct impairment of functional axonemes. Axonemal motility and ATPase activity were decreased in proportion to rhamnolipid concentrations. ATPase-associated proteins observed in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and dynein arms seen in ultra-structural cross sections progressively disappeared from axonemes with exposure to rhamnolipid. These four independent measures establish that the rhamnolipid removes the ATPase-containing outer dynein arms from the ciliary axoneme, thereby rendering the axoneme immotile.

This article was published in Cell motility and the cytoskeleton, Volume 6, Issue 5, Pages 502-509.

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Annette T. Hastie, Susan T. Hingley, M. L. Higgins, Friedrich Kueppers, et al.. "Rhamnolipid from Pseudomonas aeruginosa inactivates mammalian tracheal ciliary axonemes." Cell motility and the cytoskeleton Vol. 6 Iss. 5 (1986) p. 502 - 509
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