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Adv Microb Physiol. 2012;61:37-68. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-394423-8.00002-0.

Vibrio fischeri metabolism: symbiosis and beyond.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA.


Vibrio fischeri is a bioluminescent, Gram-negative marine bacterium that can be found free living and in a mutualistic association with certain squids and fishes. Over the past decades, the study of V. fischeri has led to important discoveries about bioluminescence, quorum sensing, and the mechanisms that underlie beneficial host-microbe interactions. This chapter highlights what has been learned about metabolic pathways in V. fischeri, and how this information contributes to a broader understanding of the role of bacterial metabolism in host colonization by both beneficial and pathogenic bacteria, as well as in the growth and survival of free-living bacteria.

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