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Spatial Heterogeneity of Autoinducer Regulation Systems
AbstractAutoinducer signals enable coordinated behaviour of bacterial populations, a phenomenon originally described as quorum sensing. Autoinducer systems are often controlled by environmental substances as nutrients or secondary metabolites (signals) from neighbouring organisms. In cell aggregates and biofilms gradients of signals and environmental substances emerge. Mathematical modelling is used to analyse the functioning of the system. We find that the autoinducer regulation network generates spatially heterogeneous behaviour, up to a kind of multicellularity-like division of work, especially under nutrient-controlled conditions. A hybrid push/pull concept is proposed to explain the ecological function. The analysis allows to explain hitherto seemingly contradicting experimental findings.
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Hense, B.A.; Müller, J.; Kuttler, C.; Hartmann, A. Spatial Heterogeneity of Autoinducer Regulation Systems. Sensors 2012, 12, 4156-4171.View more citation formats
Hense BA, Müller J, Kuttler C, Hartmann A. Spatial Heterogeneity of Autoinducer Regulation Systems. Sensors. 2012; 12(4):4156-4171.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hense, Burkhard A.; Müller, Johannes; Kuttler, Christina; Hartmann, Anton. 2012. "Spatial Heterogeneity of Autoinducer Regulation Systems." Sensors 12, no. 4: 4156-4171.