Attachment mechanism in a highly specific association between ectosymbiotic bacteria and marine nematodes

@article{Nussbaumer2004AttachmentMI,
  title={Attachment mechanism in a highly specific association between ectosymbiotic bacteria and marine nematodes},
  author={Andrea D. Nussbaumer and Monika Bright and Christian Baranyi and Christian Josef Beisser and J{\"o}rg A. Ott},
  journal={Aquatic Microbial Ecology},
  year={2004},
  volume={34},
  pages={239-246}
}
The marine Stilbonematinae (Nematoda) are known for their highly specific mutualistic association with thiotrophic ectosymbiotic bacteria. The mechanism mediating recognition and binding between symbionts and host was studied in 5 host species. When incubated with D-mannose and L-rhamnose the symbionts detached in 2 species, Laxus cosmopolitus and L. oneistus, most likely due to competitive interactions with sugars involved in the binding mechanism; 3 other species, Stilbonema maium… 

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