Quorum Sensing pp 227-241 | Cite as

Animal Models for Pseudomonas aeruginosa Quorum Sensing Studies

  • Damien Maura
  • Arunava Bandyopadhaya
  • Laurence G. Rahme
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1673)


Quorum sensing (QS) systems play global regulatory roles in bacterial virulence. They synchronize the expression of multiple virulence factors and they control and modulate bacterial antibiotic tolerance systems and host defense mechanisms. Therefore, it is important to obtain knowledge about QS modes of action and to test putative therapeutics that may interrupt QS actions in the context of infections. This chapter describes methods to study bacterial pathogenesis in murine acute and persistent/relapsing infection models, using the Gram-negative bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa as an example. These infection models can be used to probe bacterial virulence functions and in mechanistic studies, as well as for the assessment of the therapeutic potential of antibacterials, including anti-virulence agents.

Key words

Lung infection Abdominal burn infection Open wound infection Back burn infection Antibiotic tolerance Persistence Pseudomonas aeruginosa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Damien Maura
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Arunava Bandyopadhaya
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Laurence G. Rahme
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryMassachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology and ImmunobiologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Shriners Hospitals for Children BostonBostonUSA

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