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Cell Host Microbe. 2010 Jul 22;8(1):116-27. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2010.06.008.

Regulatory RNA in bacterial pathogens.

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RNA Biology Group, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Charit├ęplatz 1, D-10117 Berlin, Germany.


Bacteria constitute a large and diverse class of infectious agents, causing devastating diseases in humans, animals, and plants. Our understanding of gene expression control, which forms the basis for successful prevention and treatment strategies, has until recently neglected the many roles that regulatory RNAs might have in bacteria. In recent years, several such regulators have been found to facilitate host-microbe interactions and act as key switches between saprophytic and pathogenic lifestyles. This review covers the versatile regulatory RNA mechanisms employed by bacterial pathogens and highlights the dynamic interplay between riboregulation and virulence factor expression.

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