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Keywords:

  • Bioluminescence;
  • lux;
  • Quorum sensing;
  • N-Acyl homoserine lactone

Abstract

Plasmid reporter vectors have been constructed which respond to activation of LuxR and its homologues LasR and RhlR (VsmR) by N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs). The expression of luxCDABE from transcriptional fusions to PluxI, PlasI and PrhlI respectively, occurs in the presence of activating AHLs. A profile of structure/activity relationships is seen where the natural ligand is most potent. The characterisation of individual LuxR homologue/AHL combinations allows a comprehensive evaluation of quorum sensing signals from a test organism.