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J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol. 2003 Jul;30(7):407-13. Epub 2003 Jul 16.

Biofilms, bacterial signaling, and their ties to marine biology.

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Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University, 366 EPS, Bozeman, MT 59717, USA.


Much of what is know about quorum sensing has come from the study of marine biology. The original description of the phenomenon was based on the study of marine bacteria and the luminescent pathway. More recently, aquatic organisms have been found to inhibit bacterial fouling of surfaces by blocking signaling pathways in the bacteria. These signaling effects have, over the last 5 years, been linked to biofilms. However, this correlation is not as straight forward as originally believed. Here, a brief overview of quorum sensing, and background on biofilms is provided, followed by a discussion of more recent work looking at the effects that environment may have on signal expression.

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