Neuronal mechanisms of Caenorhabditis elegans and pathogenic bacteria interactions

Curr Opin Microbiol. 2008 Jun;11(3):257-61. doi: 10.1016/j.mib.2008.04.003. Epub 2008 Jun 12.


Individuals interact with environment through different neuronal functions, such as olfaction and mechanosensation; experience shapes these physiological functions. It is not well understood how an individual senses and processes multiple cues of natural stimuli in the environment and how experience modulates these physiological mechanisms. Recent molecular genetics and behavioral studies on the interactions of the genetic model organism Caenorhabditis elegans with pathogenic bacteria have provided insights on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying these regulatory processes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacteria / pathogenicity*
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / anatomy & histology
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / microbiology*
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / physiology
  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins / genetics
  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins / metabolism
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions*
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Sensation
  • Smell / physiology
  • Stimulation, Chemical


  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins