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Parallel lives of symbionts and hosts: chemical mutualism in marine animals

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Abstract

Covering: up to 2018

Symbiotic microbes interact with animals, often by producing natural products (specialized metabolites; secondary metabolites) that exert a biological role. A major goal is to determine which microbes produce biologically important compounds, a deceptively challenging task that often rests on correlative results, rather than hypothesis testing. Here, we examine the challenges and successes from the perspective of marine animal-bacterial mutualisms. These animals have historically provided a useful model because of their technical accessibility. By comparing biological systems, we suggest a common framework for establishing chemical interactions between animals and microbes.

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The article was received on 09 Nov 2017 and first published on 14 Feb 2018


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7NP00053G
Citation: Nat. Prod. Rep., 2018,35, 357-378
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    Parallel lives of symbionts and hosts: chemical mutualism in marine animals

    M. Morita and E. W. Schmidt, Nat. Prod. Rep., 2018, 35, 357
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NP00053G

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