The ins and outs of colicins. Part II. Lethal action, immunity and ecological implications

Microbiol Sci. 1984 Nov;1(8):203-5.


At least six different modes of colicin action have been identified. Plasmids encoding colicins also confer specific colicin immunity upon their host cells, thereby protecting them against the action of their own colicin. It is still not clear whether colicinogeny is advantageous in natural environments.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / drug effects
  • Bacteria / immunology
  • Colicins / immunology
  • Colicins / toxicity*
  • Ecology
  • Immunity
  • Plasmids


  • Colicins