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Trends Microbiol. 1999 Oct;7(10):414-20.

Oxygen-utilizing reactions and symbiotic colonization of the squid light organ by Vibrio fischeri.

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  • 1Pacific Biomedical Research Center, Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA.


A major goal in microbiology is to understand the processes by which bacteria successfully colonize host tissue. Although a wealth of studies focusing on pathogenic microorganisms has revealed much about the rare interactions that result in disease, far less is known about the regulation of the ubiquitous, long-term, cooperative associations of bacteria with their animal hosts.

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