Quorum sensing

Bonnie Lynn Bassler, Melissa B. Miller

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21 Scopus citations


Bacteria have an exquisite ability to sense and adapt to a constantly fluctuating environment. They have evolved the capacity to detect a variety of temporal and spatial cues, and in response to such stimuli, bacteria initiate signal transduction cascades that culminate in changes in gene expression. The ability to rapidly alter gene expression, and consequently behavior, in response to a dynamic environment presumably gives bacteria the plasticity to survive in rich, neutral, and hostile situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Prokaryotes
Subtitle of host publicationProkaryotic Communities and Ecophysiology
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783642301230
ISBN (Print)3642301223, 9783642301223
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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