Role of non-coding regulatory RNA in the virulence of human pathogenic vibrios

Diliana Pérez-Reytor, Nicolás Plaza, Romilio T. Espejo, Paola Navarrete, Roberto Bastías, Katherine Garcia

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In recent decades, the identification of small non-coding RNAs in bacteria has revealed an important regulatory mechanism of gene expression involved in the response to environmental signals and to the control of virulence. In the family Vibrionaceae, which includes several human and animal pathogens, small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) are closely related to important processes including metabolism, quorum sensing, virulence, and fitness. Studies conducted in silico and experiments using microarrays and high-throughput RNA sequencing have led to the discovery of an unexpected number of sRNAs in Vibrios. The present review discusses the most relevant reports regarding the mechanisms of action of sRNAs and their implications in the virulence of the main human pathogens in the family Vibrionaceae: Vibrio parahaemolyticus, V. vulnificus and V. cholerae.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2160
JournalFrontiers in Microbiology
Issue numberJAN
StatePublished - 11 Jan 2017


  • Bioinformatics analysis
  • Pathogenic vibrios
  • Quorum sensing
  • SRNA
  • Vibrio cholerae
  • Vibrio parahaemolyticus
  • Vibrio vulnificus
  • Virulence


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