PMID: 14686937Dec 23, 2003

Plastic phenotypic resistance to predation by Bdellovibrio and like organisms in bacterial prey

Environmental Microbiology
Yair Shemesh, Edouard Jurkevitch


Predation at the lowest trophic level, i.e. between bacteria, is poorly understood, hindering efforts to assess its impact on the structure of bacterial communities. The interaction of Bdellovibrio and Bacteriovorax (Bdellovibrio and like organisms, BLOs), a group of obligate, ubiquitous predatory bacteria, with their Gram-negative bacterial prey results in the multiplication of the predator and in the lysis, but not in the eradication, of the prey. We show that the residual, surviving populations of prey cells exposed to predation stress differ from the populations before exposure, as they exhibit increased resistance to predation. This resistance was demonstrated in a number of Gram-negative prey. Moreover, predation resistance is not specific for the BLO strain experienced by the prey. The phenomenon does not stem from a mutation but is a plastic response associated with a phenotypic change, and it disappears upon removal of the predator. As resistance to predation is not total, this mechanism can ensure survival of both predator and prey.


Jan 1, 1976·Infection and Immunity·D J Drutz
May 1, 1990·Journal of Bacteriology·J J TudorI A Acrich
Jan 1, 1981·Annual Review of Microbiology·M Alexander
Sep 1, 1993·Plant Physiology·S C FryJ Aitken
May 9, 1995·Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America·S H DoaresC A Ryan
Jul 1, 1978·Applied and Environmental Microbiology·M Varon, B P Zeigler


Dec 22, 2009·Current Microbiology·Carey LambertR Elizabeth Sockett
Jul 21, 2004·Nature Reviews. Microbiology·R Elizabeth Sockett, Carey Lambert
Mar 3, 2009·Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America·Ashvini ChauhanHenry N Williams
Jan 11, 2011·Molecular Oral Microbiology·A Dashiff, D E Kadouri
Jul 8, 2005·Applied and Environmental Microbiology·D E Kadouri, George A O'Toole
Jul 7, 2009·Annual Review of Microbiology·R Elizabeth Sockett
Jul 31, 2007·Future Microbiology·Eckhard StrauchMichael Linscheid
May 9, 2014·Future Microbiology·Robert M Q Shanks, D E Kadouri
Feb 13, 2016·Proceedings. Biological Sciences·Felix J H HolDaniel A Koster
Sep 15, 2007·The American Naturalist·Romain GalletChristine D M Müller-Graf
Feb 28, 2008·Molecular Ecology·A BeharB Yuval
Dec 5, 2016·FEMS Microbiology Ecology·Sally OttoLukas Y Wick
Aug 17, 2016·Scientific Reports·Eric G RomanowskiRobert M Q Shanks
Feb 9, 2017·Canadian Journal of Microbiology·Damian McNeelySusan F Koval
May 10, 2017·Future Microbiology·Kenneth ShatzkesD E Kadouri
Dec 15, 2015·Environmental Microbiology·Juana PérezJosé Muñoz-Dorado
Mar 7, 2017·Scientific Reports·Kenneth ShatzkesD E Kadouri
Mar 13, 2009·Journal of Dental Research·M Van EsscheW Teughels
Sep 5, 2008·Current Protocols in Microbiology·Carey Lambert, R Elizabeth Sockett
Sep 18, 2018·Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Reviews·Francisco Vargas-AlboresAsunción Lago-Lestón
Nov 12, 2016·MBio·Kenneth ShatzkesD E Kadouri
May 27, 2010·FEMS Microbiology Ecology·Erin C BanningElizabeth B Kujawinski
Jan 13, 2019·Applied and Environmental Microbiology·Benoit PaixStéphan Jacquet
Mar 1, 2012·BMB Reports·Mohammed DwidarRobert J Mitchell
Jan 19, 2020·Applied and Environmental Microbiology·Daniel YoudkesEdouard Jurkevitch
Mar 2, 2016·Environmental Microbiology Reports·Ryan M ChanyiJoanna S Brooke
May 1, 2020·Frontiers in Microbiology·Eleni BratanisEwa Bukowska-Faniband
May 14, 2017·Scientific Reports·Kenneth ShatzkesNancy D Connell
Oct 10, 2020·Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal·Juana PérezJosé Muñoz-Dorado

Related Concepts

Adaptation, Physiological
Streak Plate Count

Trending Feeds


Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Alzheimer's Disease: MS4A

Variants within the membrane-spanning 4-domains subfamily A (MS4A) gene cluster have recently been implicated in Alzheimer's disease in genome-wide association studies. Here is the latest research on Alzheimer's disease and MS4A.

Pediculosis pubis

Pediculosis pubis is a disease caused by a parasitic insect known as Pthirus pubis, which infests human pubic hair, as well as other areas with hair including eye lashes. Here is the latest research.

Rh Isoimmunization

Rh isoimmunization is a potentially preventable condition that occasionally is associated with significant perinatal morbidity or mortality. Discover the latest research on Rh Isoimmunization here.

Genetic Screens in iPSC-derived Brain Cells

Genetic screening is a critical tool that can be employed to define and understand gene function and interaction. This feed focuses on genetic screens conducted using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived brain cells. It also follows CRISPR-Cas9 approaches to generating genetic mutants as a means of understanding the effect of genetics on phenotype.

Enzyme Evolution

This feed focuses on molecular models of enzyme evolution and new approaches (such as adaptive laboratory evolution) to metabolic engineering of microorganisms. Here is the latest research.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease characterized by unexplained disabling fatigue; the pathology of which is incompletely understood. Discover the latest research on chronic fatigue syndrome here.

Pharmacology of Proteinopathies

This feed focuses on the pharmacology of proteinopathies - diseases in which proteins abnormally aggregate (i.e. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.). Discover the latest research in this field with this feed.

Alignment-free Sequence Analysis Tools

Alignment-free sequence analyses have been applied to problems ranging from whole-genome phylogeny to the classification of protein families, identification of horizontally transferred genes, and detection of recombined sequences. Here is the latest research.