Message from a human gut symbiont: sensitivity is a prerequisite for sharing.

  title={Message from a human gut symbiont: sensitivity is a prerequisite for sharing.},
  author={Jian Xu and Herbert C Chiang and Magnus K. Bjursell and Jeffrey I. Gordon},
  journal={Trends in microbiology},
  volume={12 1},
Microbial genome sequencing projects are beginning to provide insights about the molecular foundations of human-bacterial symbioses. The intestine contains our largest collection of symbionts, where members of Bacteroides comprise approximately 25% of the microbiota in adults. The recently defined proteome of a prominent human intestinal symbiont, Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, contains an elaborate environmental-sensing apparatus. This apparatus includes an unprecedented number of… CONTINUE READING

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