A Caltech Library Service

Bending Moments in Free-Swimming Flagella

Brokaw, C. J. (1970) Bending Moments in Free-Swimming Flagella. Journal of Experimental Biology, 53 (2). pp. 445-464. ISSN 0022-0949.

PDF - Published Version
See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


The bending of a flagellum, such as the flagellum which forms the tail of a sea-urchin spermatozoon, is the result of active mechanochemical processes occurring within the flagellum itself, which cause it to bend actively throughout its length (Gray, 1955; Machin, 1958). To understand how flagella operate, we must understand not only the mechanisms which generate bending, but also the control mechanisms which initiate and coordinate the active bending of different parts of the flagellum in order to generate smoothly propagated bending waves which will efficiently propel a cell.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription
Additional Information:© 1970 The Company of Biologists Ltd. Received 18 May 1970. With 1 plate and 11 text-figures. This work has been supported in part by a grant from the United States Public Health Service (GM 14613).
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Public Health ServiceGM 14613
Issue or Number:2
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20120801-084531292
Persistent URL:
Official Citation:C. J. BROKAW Bending Moments in Free-Swimming Flagella J Exp Biol 1970 53:445-464.
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:32826
Deposited By: Aucoeur Ngo
Deposited On:01 Aug 2012 15:54
Last Modified:03 Oct 2019 04:04

Repository Staff Only: item control page