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Tim Sampson

What a great thought!

I have read some recent work done on showing that a pathogenic Vibrio species responds to norepinephrine in order to activate its T3SS, which is requried for attachment to host cells.

There has also been some studies showing EPEC senses epinephrine/norepinephrine while in the host, and regulates motility and virulence factors based on those signals.

For symbiots and pathogens alike, I would more than expect the communication to be flowing both ways. :-) Life is simply amazing.

Some cites:
Nakano, et al. J Infect Dis. 2007(195). p1353
Sperandio, et al. PNAS 2003(100). p8951
Clarke, et al. PNAS 2006(103). p10420
Clarke, et al. Mol Micro 2005(57). p1734

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