Die chemische Sprache von Symbiosen sichtbar machen

Abstract

Small molecules – metabolites – provide the basis for chemical inter­actions between hosts and microbes. Especially in animal­microbe
symbioses, the close physical interactions require a spatial organiza­tion of cells and their metabolites. Correlative mass spectrometry
imaging (MSI) and fluorescencemicroscopy provide powerful tools to address the technical challenge of linking metabolite production to symbiont and host cells in mixed communities and study spatial
metabolomes of symbioses in situ.

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