Bacterial CRISPR immune system controlled through quorum sensing

Hoyland-Kroghsbo, N.M. et. al. (2016) PNAS

The CRISPR/Cas system is a bacterial adaptive immune system for protection against bacteriophages.  While much is known about how the CRISPR/Cas system targets and cleaves invading DNA, little is understood about its activation and regulation.  In a new PNAS report, Hoyland-Kroghsbo et. al. demonstrated that CRISPR/Cas regulation, including acquisition of phage DNA at the CRISPR locus, are modulated by quorum sensing, allowing bacteria to quickly respond to phage infection.

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