Author(s): Givskov M, de Nys R, Manefield M, Gram L, Maximilien R,
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Abstract Acylated homoserine lactones (AHLs) play a widespread role in intercellular communication among bacteria. The Australian macroalga Delisea pulchra produces secondary metabolites which have structural similarities to AHL molecules. We report here that these metabolites inhibited AHL-controlled processes in prokaryotes. Our results suggest that the interaction between higher organisms and their surface-associated bacteria may be mediated by interference with bacterial regulatory systems.
This article was published in J Bacteriol
and referenced in Journal of Medical Microbiology & Diagnosis