Environmental modulation of gene expression and pathogenesis in Yersinia

Trends Microbiol. 1995 Aug;3(8):310-7. doi: 10.1016/s0966-842x(00)88960-x.


The yersiniae are a useful model for understanding how environmental modulation of gene expression allows pathogens to inhabit a wide range of niches. This review follows the enteropathogenic yersiniae, Yersinia enterocolitica and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, and the agent of plague, Yersinia pestis, through their life cycles, describing how adaptive gene expression may promote successful pathogenesis.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial*
  • Humans
  • Yersinia / genetics*
  • Yersinia / pathogenicity*