Intraguild predation provides a selection mechanism for bacterial antagonistic compounds.

@article{Leisner2012IntraguildPP,
  title={Intraguild predation provides a selection mechanism for bacterial antagonistic compounds.},
  author={J\orgen Johannes Leisner and Jakob Haaber},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={279 1747},
  pages={4513-21}
}
Bacteriocins are bacterial proteinaceous toxins with bacteriostatic or bacteriocidal activity towards other bacteria. The current theory on their biological role concerns especially colicins, with underlying social interactions described as an example of spite. This leads to a rock-paper-scissors game between colicin producers and sensitive and resistant variants. The generality of this type of selection mechanism has previously been challenged with lactic acid bacterial (LAB) bacteriocins as… CONTINUE READING

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