Jun 12, 2003

Quorum sensing and its relevance to infectious diseases

The Journal of Infection
H Donabedian


Quorum sensing allows bacteria to detect the density of their own species and alter their metabolism to take advantage of this density. Quorum sensing is used by a wide variety of bacteria including human pathogens. Quorum sensing genes are important for the pathogenic potential of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, as well as other invasive bacteria. An understanding of quorum sensing may lead to new therapeutic strategies.

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Metabolic Process, Cellular
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (antigen)
Pathogenic Organism
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Metabolic Pathway
Staphylococcus aureus
Metabolic Aspects
Communicable Diseases

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