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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2009 Apr;12(2):205-14. doi: 10.1016/j.mib.2009.01.003. Epub 2009 Feb 27.

New developments in microbial interspecies signaling.

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Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA. roberto_kolter@hms.harvard.edu

Abstract

There is a growing appreciation that in addition to well-documented intraspecies quorum sensing systems, small molecules act as signals between microbes of different species. This review will focus on how bacterial small molecules modulate these interspecies interactions. We will particularly emphasize complex relationships such as those between microbes and insects, interactions resulting in non-antagonistic outcomes (i.e. developmental and morphological processes), how co-culture can lead to the discovery of new small molecules, and the use of known compounds to evoke unexpected responses and mediate crosstalk between microbes.

PMID:
19251475
PMCID:
PMC2709175
DOI:
10.1016/j.mib.2009.01.003
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