LuxS quorum sensing: more than just a numbers game.

TitleLuxS quorum sensing: more than just a numbers game.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsXavier, KB, Bassler, BL
JournalCurr Opin Microbiol
Date Published2003 Apr
KeywordsBacteria, Bacterial Physiological Phenomena, Bacterial Proteins, Carbon-Sulfur Lyases, Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial, Homoserine, Lactones, Models, Biological, Models, Molecular, Signal Transduction

<p>Quorum sensing is a process of bacterial cell-to-cell communication involving the production and detection of extracellular signaling molecules called autoinducers. Quorum sensing allows populations of bacteria to collectively control gene expression, and thus synchronize group behavior. Processes controlled by quorum sensing are typically ones that are unproductive unless many bacteria act together. Most autoinducers enable intraspecies communication; however, a recently discovered autoinducer AI-2 has been proposed to serve as a 'universal signal' for interspecies communication. Studies suggest that AI-2 encodes information in addition to specifics about cell number.</p>

Alternate JournalCurr Opin Microbiol
PubMed ID12732311
Grant ListGM65859 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States