, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 1–9

Competence Pheromones in Bacteria


  • A. A. Prozorov
    • Vavilov Institute of General Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences

DOI: 10.1023/A:1004851316966

Cite this article as:
Prozorov, A.A. Microbiology (2001) 70: 1. doi:10.1023/A:1004851316966


This article deals with general concepts concerning bacterial pheromones, including sex pheromones. The data on the structure and mode of action of competence pheromones in streptococci and bacilli are discussed, raising the question of the selective value of the process of genetic transformation for bacterial life activities and evolution.

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