Can community-based signalling behaviour in Saccharomyces cerevisiae be called quorum sensing? A critical review of the literature
Michela Winters, Nils Arneborg, Rudi Appels, Kate Howell
FEMS YEAST RESEARCH | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2019
Quorum sensing is a well-described mechanism of intercellular signalling among bacteria, which involves cell-density-dependent chemical signal molecules. The concentration of these quorum-sensing molecules increases in proportion to cell density until a threshold value is exceeded, which triggers a community-wide response. In this review, we propose that intercellular signalling mechanisms can be associated with a corresponding ecological interaction type based on similarities between how the interaction affects the signal receiver and producer. Thus, we do not confine quorum sensing, a specific form of intercellular signalling, to only cooperative behaviours. Instead, we define it as cell-d..View full abstract
This work was supported by the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science at the University of Melbourne and an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship.