Definition of chemotaxis in English:

chemotaxis

Line breaks: chemo|taxis
Pronunciation: /ˌkiːmə(ʊ)ˈtaksɪs
 
, ˌkɛm-/

noun

[mass noun] Biology
  • Movement of a motile cell or organism, or part of one, in a direction corresponding to a gradient of increasing or decreasing concentration of a particular substance.
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    • They may stimulate different functions including angiogenesis, enzyme production, cell migration, chemotaxis, and cellular proliferation.
    • This mechanism gives the bacterium its ability to follow the gradient of chemical concentration, i.e., chemotaxis.
    • About 50 genes are involved in cell motility and chemotaxis.

Derivatives

chemotactic

adjective
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  • In general, chemotactic and phagocytic responses are significantly reduced.
  • The biochemistry and structural biology of the chemotactic phosphorelay is now understood in some detail.
  • Besides resulting in a loss of barrier and secretory function, such damage elicits the production of chemotactic cytokines, leading to further inflammation.

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