Cell-to-cell communication across the prokaryote-eukaryote boundary.

@article{Joint2002CelltocellCA,
  title={Cell-to-cell communication across the prokaryote-eukaryote boundary.},
  author={Ian Joint and Karen Tait and Maureen E. Callow and James A. Callow and Debra L. Milton and Paul Williams and Miguel C{\'a}mara},
  journal={Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={298 5596},
  pages={1207}
}
Bacteria are capable of complex assemblage behavior through cell-to-cell communication using diffusible chemical signal molecules that accumulate to a threshold concentration that activates target genes (1). This process, termed “quorum sensing,” has not been shown to cross the prokaryote-eukaryote boundary. Here, we show that diffusible signal molecules produced by bacterial biofilms are exploited by the planktonic phase of a marine eukaryotic organism—the green seaweed Enteromorpha… CONTINUE READING

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