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New Vocabulary for Bacterial Communication


Brameyer,  Sophie
Bacterial Adaption and Differentiation, Department of Ecophysiology, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Max Planck Society;


Bode,  Helge B.
Natural Product Function and Engineering, Department of Natural Products in Organismic Interactions, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Max Planck Society;
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, External Organizations;

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Tobias, N. J., Brehm, J., Kresovic, D., Brameyer, S., Bode, H. B., & Heermann, R. (2020). New Vocabulary for Bacterial Communication. CHEMBIOCHEM, 21(6), 759-768. doi:10.1002/cbic.201900580.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000A-059A-3
Quorum sensing (QS) is widely accepted as a procedure that bacteria use to converse. However, prevailing thinking places acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) at the forefront of this communication pathway in Gram-negative bacteria. With the advent of high-throughput genomics and the subsequent influx of bacterial genomes, bioinformatics analysis has determined that the genes encoding AHL biosynthesis, originally discovered to be indispensable for QS (LuxI-like proteins and homologues), are often absent in QS-capable bacteria. Instead, the sensing protein (LuxR-like proteins) is present with an apparent inability to produce any outgoing AHL signal. Recently, several signals for these LuxR solos have been identified. Herein, advances in the field of QS are discussed, with a particular focus on recent research in the field of bacterial cell-cell communication.