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Communication between Bacteria and Their Hosts.

Authors
  • Freestone, Primrose
Type
Published Article
Journal
Scientifica
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Volume
2013
Pages
361073–361073
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1155/2013/361073
PMID: 24381789
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

It is clear that a dialogue is occurring between microbes and their hosts and that chemical signals are the language of this interkingdom communication. Microbial endocrinology shows that, through their long coexistence with animals and plants, microorganisms have evolved sensors for detecting eukaryotic hormones, which the microbe uses to determine that they are within proximity of a suitable host and to optimally time the expression of genes needed for host colonisation. It has also been shown that some prokaryotic chemical communication signals are recognized by eukaryotes. Deciphering what is being said during the cross-talk between microbe and host is therefore important, as it could lead to new strategies for preventing or treating bacterial infections.

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