Siderophore-mediated cooperation and virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

  title={Siderophore-mediated cooperation and virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.},
  author={Angus Buckling and Freya Harrison and Michiel Vos and Michael A Brockhurst and Andy Gardner and Stuart A. West and Ashleigh S Griffin},
  journal={FEMS microbiology ecology},
  volume={62 2},
Why should organisms cooperate with each other? Helping close relatives that are likely to share the same genes (kin selection) is one important explanation that is likely to apply across taxa. The production of metabolically costly extracellular iron-scavenging molecules (siderophores) by microorganisms is a cooperative behaviour because it benefits nearby conspecifics. We review experiments focusing on the production of the primary siderophore (pyoverdin) of the opportunistic bacterial… CONTINUE READING