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© J.M. Ghigo (Institut Pasteur) and Brigite Arbeille (LBC-ME. Faculté de Médecine de Tours)
Colorized scanning electron microscopy of an E. coli biofilm developing on a glass surface
Publication : Frontiers in microbiology

Airborne bacterial interactions: Functions out of thin air?

Scientific Fields
Diseases
Organisms
Applications
Technique

Published in Frontiers in microbiology - 08 Dec 2015

Audrain B, Létoffé S, Ghigo JM

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 26733998

Front. Microbiol. Dec. 2015;6:1476.

Bacteria produce and release a large diversity of small molecules including organic and inorganic volatile compounds, hereafter referred to as BVCs. Whereas BVCs were often only considered as wasted metabolic by-product sometimes perceived by animal olfactory systems, it is increasingly clear that they can also mediate cross-kingdom interactions with fungi, plants and animals. Recently, in vitro studies also reported the impact of BVCs on bacterial biology through modulation of antibiotic resistance, biofilm formation and virulence. Here, we review BVCs influence on bacterial adaptation to their environment and discuss the biological relevance of recently reported inter- and intra-species bacterial interactions mediated by BVCs.

 
 
 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26733998