A thiolactone/lactone peptide-mediated quorum sensing (QS) system is commonly employed in gram- positive bacteria to control the expression of a variety of phenotypes, including the production of virulence factors and biofilm formation. Here, we describe assay protocols for the well-studied QS systems (agr and fsr) of two representative gram-positive pathogens, Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecalis . These convenient assay systems are useful for the screening of QS inhibitors as well as for basic research to address the mechanism of these QS systems.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology