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Research Article

The Mechanistic Basis of Myxococcus xanthus Rippling Behavior and Its Physiological Role during Predation

  • Haiyang Zhang,

    Affiliation: Department of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Zalman Vaksman,

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Douglas B. Litwin,

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Peng Shi,

    Affiliation: Department of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Heidi B. Kaplan,

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Oleg A. Igoshin mail

    igoshin@rice.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Published: September 27, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002715

About the Authors

Haiyang Zhang, Peng Shi, Oleg A. Igoshin
Department of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States of America
Zalman Vaksman, Douglas B. Litwin, Heidi B. Kaplan
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: igoshin@rice.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: HZ ZV HBK OAI. Performed the experiments: HZ ZV DBL. Analyzed the data: HZ ZV OAI. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: PS. Wrote the paper: HZ HBK OAI.