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What toxins do the E.coli bacteria generate at death phase?

  1. May 20, 2015 #1
    I have heard that bacteria produce some chemicals/toxins when it dies at the death phase. I need to know exactly what chemicals are produced by E.coli when it dies? Ethanol? Peptides? It this problem explored? If so – how these toxins impact on bacteria? :rolleyes:
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  3. May 20, 2015 #2


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    It's not that E. coli (or other bacteria) produce toxins on death, rather they die and as the lyse release components of their cell structures that are classed as endotoxins.

    This site covers the topic:
  4. May 22, 2015 #3
    But what about the Autocrine signalling? Cannot the E.coli release/emit hormone or chemical messenger that will be able to destroy this cell?

    Thanks, I will read it :smile:
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