The role of small RNAs in quorum sensing

Michal Bejerano-Sagie*, Karina Bivar Xavier

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Quorum sensing is a form of cell-cell signaling in bacteria that provides information regarding population density, species composition, and environmental and metabolic signals. It enables community-wide coordination of gene expression, and presumably benefits group behaviors. Multiple regulatory small RNAs (sRNAs) act centrally in quorum sensing, integrating signals with other environmental stimuli, to produce an appropriate output.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Opinion in Microbiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant (European Commission, IRG-031108) (KBX) and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (MB-S). We are extremely thankful to Bonnie Bassler, Sigal Ben-Yehuda, Brian Hammer and Sine Svenningsen for careful reading of the manuscript and helpful comments. We thank Derrick Lenz and Christopher Waters for their help with the figures.


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