Chemotaxis to chitin oligosaccharides by Vibrio furnissii, a chitinivorous marine bacterium.

TitleChemotaxis to chitin oligosaccharides by Vibrio furnissii, a chitinivorous marine bacterium.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsBassler, B, Gibbons, P, Roseman, S
JournalBiochem Biophys Res Commun
Volume161
Issue3
Pagination1172-6
Date Published1989 Jun 30
ISSN0006-291X
KeywordsAcetylglucosamine, Chemotaxis, Chitin, Glucosamine, Oligosaccharides, Seawater, Vibrio
Abstract

<p>We have reported that Vibrio furnissii, a chitinivorous marine bacterium, expresses a complex apparatus for adhesion/deadhesion to chitin analogues (1). In the present studies, we show that this organism exhibits a chemotactic response (swarming) to chitin oligosaccharides at concentrations as low as 10 microM. In contrast, V. furnissii exhibits slight to no chemotaxis to other utilizable compounds (glycerol, lactate, amino acids), with the exception of L-glutamic acid. V. furnissii may lack the tar (aspartate) receptor of Escherichia coli.</p>

DOI10.1016/0006-291x(89)91365-x
Alternate JournalBiochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.
PubMed ID2742582