Enterococcus faecalis: E. coli's Siderophore-Inducing Sidekick

Cell Host Microbe. 2016 Oct 12;20(4):411-412. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2016.09.018.


Many infectious diseases involve polymicrobial infections, which are characterized by synergistic interactions between different microorganisms colonizing a host. In this issue of Cell Host & Microbe, Keogh et al. (2016) show that Enterococcus faecalis promotes Escherichia coli biofilm formation in low-iron conditions, thus facilitating polymicrobial growth.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Biofilms
  • Enterococcus faecalis*
  • Escherichia coli
  • Humans
  • Siderophores*


  • Siderophores