Biofilm formation and dispersal and the transmission of human pathogens

Hall-Stoodley, Luanne and Stoodley, Paul (2005) Biofilm formation and dispersal and the transmission of human pathogens. Trends in Microbiology, 13, (1), 7-10. (doi:10.1016/j.tim.2004.11.004).


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Several pathogenic bacterial species that are found in the environment can form complex multicellular structures on surfaces known as biofilms. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Vibrio cholerae and certain species of nontuberculous mycobacteria are examples of human pathogens that form biofilms in natural aquatic environments. We suggest that the dynamics of biofilm formation facilitates the transmission of pathogens by providing a stable protective environment and acting as a nidus for the dissemination of large numbers of microorganisms; both as detached biofilm clumps and by the fluid-driven dispersal of biofilm clusters along surfaces. We also suggest that emerging evidence indicates that biofilm formation conveys a selective advantage to certain pathogens by increasing their ability to persist under diverse environmental conditions.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.tim.2004.11.004
ISSNs: 0966-842X (print)
1878-4380 (electronic)
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Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Engineering Materials & Surface Engineering
ePrint ID: 157109
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 2005Published
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2010 16:26
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:26

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