Microbiology Seminar Series

D-Amino acids shape the environmental microbial biodiversity

  • Date: Mar 5, 2018
  • Time: 13:15
  • Speaker: Dr. Felipe Cava
  • Umeå University, Department of Molecular Biology, Sweden
  • Location: MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
  • Room: Lecture hall
  • Host: Dr. Simon Ringgaard
  • Contact: simon.ringgaard@mpi-marburg.mpg.de

The L-forms of amino acids are used in all kingdoms of life to synthesize proteins. However, some bacteria can secrete D-amino acids to the environment at millimolar concentrations. Recent findings demonstrate an increasing importance of these molecules in enhancing the ability of the bacterium to colonize and persist in a particular niche. The seminar will focus on the divergent functional roles of these D-amino acid effectors in targeting distinct cellular processes in bacteria and their ecological consequences on the environmental biodiversity.

 
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