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Microbes Infect. 2003 Sep;5(11):991-7.

Quorum sensing by the Lyme disease spirochete.

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Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, MS 415 Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY 40536-0298, USA. bstev0@uky.edu

Abstract

The Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, utilizes a LuxS/autoinducer-2-dependent quorum sensing mechanism to control a specific subset of bacterial proteins. It is hypothesized that this system facilitates transmission of B. burgdorferi from feeding ticks into warm-blooded hosts.

PMID:
12941391
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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