Study of Bacterial Mechanisms for Coping with Temperature Change

Biomedical/Life Sciences

Prof. Eliora Z. Ron, Dr. Dvora Biran, Dr. Ran Rosen, Dr. Eyal Gur
Tel Aviv University, MIGAL Galilee Research Institute

Having shown that bacteria – such as the intestinal Escherichia coli – respond to the temperature of their environment, researchers studied the mechanisms that enable the bacteria to cope with increased temperature. Their findings led to understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating this response as well as the effect of temperature on pathogenic bacteria and enable the development of sensors that detect temperature changes. Results of this study are highly important in view of global warming, and may contribute to the development of genetically enhanced survivability at high temperatures for bacteria, plants and animals.