Quorum-Sensing Systems in Enterococci



Enterococcus is a genus of Gram-positive bacteria that is ubiquitous in natural ecosystems, plants, and animals. Some species of Enterococcus are present in the normal gastrointestinal bacterial community. However, others notably Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium often cause opportunistic infections such as bacteremia, endocarditis, urinary tract infections, posttreatment endodontic infections, and endophthalmitis (Arias et al. 2010). Bacteria often use quorum sensing (QS) systems to control the expression of certain virulence genes and establish infection efficiently (Waters and Bassler 2005).


Quorum Sense Quorum Sense System Quorum Sense Inhibitor Quorum Sense Gene Complex Microbiota 



This research was supported in part by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) No. 24380050 and Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows No. 25–03389.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Microbial Technology, Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture, Graduate SchoolKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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