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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2000 Dec;3(6):603-7.

Developmental biology in marine invertebrate symbioses.

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Pacific Biomedical Research Center, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, USA.


Associations between marine invertebrates and their cooperative bacterial symbionts offer access to an understanding of the roots of host-microbe interaction; for example, several symbioses like the squid-vibrio light organ association serve as models for investigating how each partner affects the developmental biology of the other. Previous results have identified a program of specific developmental events that unfolds as the association is initiated. In the past year, published studies have focused primarily on describing the mechanisms underlying the signaling processes that occur between the juvenile squid and the luminous bacteria that colonize it.

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