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Quorum sensing by the Lyme disease spirochete.

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Abstract

The
Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, utilizes a LuxS/autoinducer-2-dependent quorum sensing mechanism to control a specific subset of bacterial proteins. It is hypothesized that this system facilitates transmission of B. burgdorferi from feeding ticks into warm-blooded hosts.

Microbes Infect. 2003 Sep;5(11):991-7. Research Support, U.S. Gov’t, P.H.S.; Review

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