Autoinducers extracted from microbial mats reveal a surprising diversity of N-acylhomoserine lactones (AHLs) and abundance changes that may relate to diel pH.

@article{Decho2009AutoinducersEF,
  title={Autoinducers extracted from microbial mats reveal a surprising diversity of N-acylhomoserine lactones (AHLs) and abundance changes that may relate to diel pH.},
  author={Alan W. Decho and P T Visscher and John M. Ferry and Tomohiro Kawaguchi and Lijian He and Kristen M Przekop and R Sean Norman and Ruth Pamela Reid},
  journal={Environmental microbiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={11 2},
  pages={
          409-20
        }
}
Microbial mats are highly structured and diverse communities, and one of the earliest-known life assemblages. Mat bacteria interact within an environment marked by strong geochemical gradients and fluctuations. We examined natural mat systems for the presence of autoinducers involved in quorum sensing, a form of cell-cell communication. Our results revealed that a diverse array of N-acylhomoserine lactones (AHLs) including C(4)- to C(14)-AHLs, were identified from mat extracts using mass… CONTINUE READING
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