Antagonistic interactions mediated by marine bacteria: The role of small molecules

TitleAntagonistic interactions mediated by marine bacteria: The role of small molecules
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsWietz M., Duncan K., Patin NV, Jensen PR
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Date Published2013/07
Type of ArticleReview
ISBN Number0098-0331
Accession NumberWOS:000323076800008
KeywordsAntagonism; bryozoan bugula-neritina; candidatus-endobugula-sertula; chemical ecology; cyanobacterium lyngbya-majuscula; german wadden sea; imaging; larval settlement; Marine bacteria; mass-spectrometry; polychaete hydroids-elegans; Secondary metabolites; targeted chemical defense; to-cell communication

Marine bacteria are known to produce a wide variety of structurally diverse and biologically active secondary metabolites. Considerably less is known about the ecological functions of these compounds, in part due to methodological challenges associated with this field of research. Here, we review the antagonistic activities mediated by marine bacteria with a focus on activities linked to structurally defined secondary metabolites. Bacterial antagonism has been documented against other marine bacteria as well as eukaryotes, and includes antibiosis, the inhibition of quorum sensing, larval settlement deterrence, and defense against predation. These compounds likely play important ecological roles that ultimately affect ecosystem structure and function, however, much remains to be learned before these roles can be fully appreciated. Recent technological advances coupled with a better understanding of the diverse processes mediated by secondary metabolites provide new opportunities to expand our understanding of the chemical ecology of bacterial antagonism in the marine environment.

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