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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2002 Sep;3(9):685-95.

Listening in on bacteria: acyl-homoserine lactone signalling.

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Department of Biology, Indiana University, Jordan Hall 142, 1001 East 3rd Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, USA.

Abstract

Bacterial cell-to-cell signalling has emerged as a new area in microbiology. Individual bacterial cells communicate with each other and co-ordinate group activities. Although a lot of detail is known about the mechanisms of a few well-characterized bacterial communication systems, other systems have been discovered only recently. Bacterial intercellular communication has become a target for the development of new anti-virulence drugs.

PMID:
12209128
DOI:
10.1038/nrm907
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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