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Nat Rev Microbiol. 2008 Feb;6(2):111-20. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro1836.

Inter-kingdom signalling: communication between bacteria and their hosts.

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Department of Microbiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas 75235, USA.

Abstract

Microorganisms and their hosts communicate with each other through an array of hormonal signals. This cross-kingdom cell-to-cell signalling involves small molecules, such as hormones that are produced by eukaryotes and hormone-like chemicals that are produced by bacteria. Cell-to-cell signalling between bacteria, usually referred to as quorum sensing, was initially described as a means by which bacteria achieve signalling in microbial communities to coordinate gene expression within a population. Recent evidence shows, however, that quorum-sensing signalling is not restricted to bacterial cell-to-cell communication, but also allows communication between microorganisms and their hosts.

PMID:
18197168
PMCID:
PMC2667375
DOI:
10.1038/nrmicro1836
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