Special Issue "Quorum Sensing Bacterial Communication Systems and Interference Strategies in Marine Environments"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 March 2021) | Viewed by 11732
Interests: microbiology; halophiles; quorum sensing; quorum quenching; exopolysaccharides; agriculture
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Bacteria “communicate” with each other through a sophisticated cell-to-cell communication mechanism called quorum sensing (QS). This is a ubiquitous process used by bacteria to coordinate their behaviour and adapt to their environment. It consists of the synthesis, release and detection of signal molecules known as autoinducers. Once cell density reaches a threshold, the signals are sensed by the bacteria which in turn induce QS-regulated responses. QS-controlled functions include the synthesis of antibiotics and exoenzymes, production of exopolysaccharides, motility, etc., some of which are virulence traits in pathogenic bacteria. To cope with this, many organisms have developed the ability to disrupt QS systems through various mechanisms, such as the enzymatic inactivation of signal molecules (quorum quenching) or the production of antagonists that interfere with the detection of autoinducers (quorum sensing inhibition). Marine organisms are considered an important and underexplored source for the discovery of novel drugs with anti-QS activity that could be used to fight bacterial infections.
This special issue aims to explore recent research on quorum sensing systems and interference strategies that are present in marine environments as well as their biotechnological applications.
Prof. Dr. Inmaculada Llamas
Dr. Marta Torres
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- quorum sensing
- quorum quenching