Colonial organization and intercellular communication in microorganisms

  title={Colonial organization and intercellular communication in microorganisms},
  author={Alexander V. Oleskin and 1. V. Botvinko and Elena A. Tsavkelova},
This review covers the modern concepts and recent data demonstrating the integrity and coherence of microbial populations (colonies, biofilms, etc.) as peculiar “superorganisms.” Special attention is given to such relevant phenomena as apoptosis, bacterial altruism, quorum effects, collective differentiation of microbial cells, and the formation of population-level structures such as an extracellular matrix. Emphasis is placed on the channels and agents of intercellular communication in… CONTINUE READING
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