Vibrio harveyi: A significant pathogen of marine vertebrates and invertebrates

B. Austin, X. H. Zhang

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    Vibrio harveyi, which now includes Vibrio carchariae as a junior synonym, is a serious pathogen of marine fish and invertebrates, particularly penaeid shrimp. In fish, the diseases include vasculitis, gastro-enteritis and eye lesions. With shrimp, the pathogen is associated with luminous vibriosis and Bolitas negricans. Yet, the pathogenicity mechanisms are imprecisely understood, with likely mechanisms involving the ability to attach and form biofilms, quorum sensing, various extracellular products including proteases and haemolysins, lipopolysaccharide, and interaction with bacteriophage and bacteriocin-like substances. © 2006 The Authors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)119-124
    Number of pages6
    JournalLetters in Applied Microbiology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006


    • Fish disease
    • Luminous vibriosis
    • Shrimp disease
    • Vibrio carchariae
    • Vibrio harveyi


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