Vibrio fischeri lux Genes Play an Important Role in Colonization and Development of the Host Light Organ

Karen L. Visick, Jamie Foster, Judith Doino, Margaret McFall-Ngai, Edward G. Ruby, Journal of Bacteriology

This Journal of Bacteriology scholarly article examines the role of luminescence (lux) genes in the initiation and persistence of mutualistic symbiosis between Vibrio fischeri the squid Euprymna scolopes. This study is the first to show that the capacity for bioluminescence is critical for normal cell-cell interactions between a bacterium and its animal host and presents the first examples of V. fischeri genes that affect normal host tissue development.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Molecular Biology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Ecology