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Tuning communication fidelity

Bacteria communicate by sending and receiving chemical cues in a process termed 'quorum sensing'. New research shows how five feedback loops of the Vibrio harveyi quorum sensing cascade ensure signal integration and transmission fidelity, with one loop controlling signal sensitivity by regulating receptor ratios.

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Figure 1: The quorum sensing circuit of V. harveyi.

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Jung, K. Tuning communication fidelity. Nat Chem Biol 7, 502–503 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchembio.618

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