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

Bonnie Lynn Bassler, Patrick Gibbons, Saul Roseman

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Abstract

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 μM. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1172-1176
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume161
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 30 1989
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology

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