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Title Quorum sensing and probiotics
Description Describes the mechanisms of quorum sensing among bacterial populations such as in the gut and their importance in probiotic research
Creation Date 27 October 2006
Doc type Article
Document Abstract:
Quorum sensing is a strategy of intercellular communication within a unicellular population enabling the regulation of its genetic and metabolic function in response to cellular density. In effect it allows a bacterial population to function as a coordinated multicellular organism to the benefit of the population as a whole. Its role as a universal control system within bacterial populations has now been well described (Dunny 1997). The understanding of the mechanisms of such systems is important in furthering research into probiotics and is commented upon here.
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