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Title: Communication between Bacteria and Their Hosts
Authors: Freestone, Primrose Pamela Elaine
First Published: 9-Dec-2013
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Citation: Scientifica, 2013, 2013, pp. 1-15 (15)
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.
DOI Link: 10.1155/2013/361073
eISSN: 2090-908X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013 Primrose Freestone. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License ( ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

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