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Oral Biosciences & Medicine

Edited by Birgitte Nauntofte, Jesper Reibel. Peter A. Reichart, Jim Sciubba, and Joanna M. Zakrzewska

Official publication of the European Society for Oral Laser Applications

ISSN 1742-3287

Oral Biosciences & Medicine

Year 2005
Volume 2 , Issue 2

Pages: 195 - 200

Environment Virulence Regulation in Streptococcus mutans

Korithoski, Bryan/Guggenheim, Bernhard/Cvitkovitch, Dennis G.

Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) is an inhabitant of the normal flora of human dental plaque, and is considered the major etiological agent of caries. S. mutans has the ability modulate its physiology in response to changing environmental conditions. This review discusses the acid tolerance response pathway and quorum sensing systems that are two major conduits by which S. mutans accomplishes these physiological modulations.

Keywords: mutans, acid, quorum sensing


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