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Trends Microbiol. 1998 Feb;6(2):66-71.

Instruments of microbial warfare: bacteriocin synthesis, toxicity and immunity.

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Dept of Microbiology & Immunology, UCLA School of Medicine 90095, USA. tbaba@ucla.edu

Abstract

Bacteria have devised ingenious enzymatic machinery to synthesize antibiotic molecules (bacteriocins) for their continuous warfare with other microorganisms. Synthesis and export of these toxic compounds are coordinated to ensure the proper extracellular activation of bacteriocin toxicity. In designing future antibiotics, some of the tricks used by bacteriocins might be exploited for the synthesis of novel compounds.

PMID:
9507641
DOI:
10.1016/S0966-842X(97)01196-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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