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Communication between Bacteria and Their Hosts

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posted on 18.12.2015, 15:17 by Primrose Pamela Elaine Freestone
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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Scientifica, 2013, 2013, pp. 1-15 (15)

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND PSYCHOLOGY/School of Medicine/Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Scientifica

Publisher

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

eissn

2090-908X

Acceptance date

11/11/2013

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2013

Available date

18/12/2015

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http://www.hindawi.com/journals/scientifica/2013/361073/

Editors

J. R. Blazquez, H. O. Sintim, P. Soultanas, Y. Yamashita, and L. Zhang,

Language

en

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