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    Intracellular cAMP Measurements in Candida albicans Biofilms
    Authors:  Liuliu Jiang, Shengyan Chen, Kairui Sun, Peng Zhou and Xin Wei, date: 12/05/2019, view: 103, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Candida albicans is the most common cause of fungal infections worldwide. Infection by C. albicans is closely associated with its ability to form a biofilm, closely packed communities of cells attached to the surfaces of human tissues and implanted devices, in or on the host. When tested for susceptibility to antifungals, such as ...
    Biofilm Formation Assay in Pseudomonas syringae
    Authors:  Xiaolong Shao, Yingpeng Xie, Yingchao Zhang and Xin Deng, date: 05/20/2019, view: 2121, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Pseudomonas syringae is a model plant pathogen that infects more than 50 plant species worldwide, thus leading to significant yield loss. Pseudomonas biofilm always adheres to the surfaces of medical devices or host cells, thereby contributing to infection. Biofilm formation can be visualized on numerous matrixes, including ...
    Assembly of a Custom-made Device to Study Spreading Patterns of Pseudomonas putida Biofilms
    Authors:  David R. Espeso, Esteban Martínez-García and Víctor de Lorenzo, date: 05/20/2019, view: 1245, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Biofilms are bacterial communities in the shape of exopolysaccharide matrix-encased aggregates attached onto interphases able to resist environmental aggressions. The development of bacteria in the shape of biofilms deeply affects the performance of many industrial processes which work with fluidic systems, where bacteria may settle and prosper. ...
    Biofilm Assays on Fibrinogen-coated Silicone Catheters and 96-well Polystyrene Plates
    Authors:  Cristina Colomer-Winter, José A. Lemos and Ana L. Flores-Mireles, date: 03/20/2019, view: 1566, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Biofilm formation is a well-known bacterial strategy that protects cells from hostile environments. During infection, bacteria found in a biofilm community are less sensitive to antibiotics and to the immune response, often allowing them to colonize and persist in the host niche. Not surprisingly, biofilm formation on medical devices, such as ...
    Microfluidics-Based Analysis of Contact-dependent Bacterial Interactions
    Authors:  Robert Cooper, Lev Tsimring and Jeff Hasty, date: 08/20/2018, view: 2356, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Bacteria in nature live in complex communities with multiple cell types and spatially-dependent interactions. Studying cells in well-mixed environments such as shaking culture tubes or flasks cannot capture these spatial dynamics, but cells growing in full-fledged biofilms are difficult to observe in real time. We present here a protocol for ...
    Structural Analysis of Bordetella pertussis Biofilms by Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy
    Authors:  Natalia Cattelan, Osvaldo Miguel Yantorno and Rajendar Deora, date: 08/05/2018, view: 2324, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Biofilms are sessile communities of microbial cells embedded in a self-produced or host-derived exopolymeric matrix. Biofilms can both be beneficial or detrimental depending on the surface. Compared to their planktonic counterparts, biofilm cells display enhanced resistance to killing by environmental threats, chemicals, antimicrobials and host ...
    Implementation of Blue Light Switchable Bacterial Adhesion for Design of Biofilms
    Authors:  Fei Chen and Seraphine V. Wegner, date: 06/20/2018, view: 2514, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Control of bacterial adhesions to a substrate with high precision in space and time is important to form a well-defined biofilm. Here, we present a method to engineer bacteria such that they adhere specifically to substrates under blue light through the photoswitchable proteins nMag and pMag. This provides exquisite spatiotemporal remote control ...
    Characterizing the Transcriptional Effects of Endolysin Treatment on Established Biofilms of Staphylococcus aureus
    [Abstract] Biofilms are the most common lifestyle of bacteria in both natural and human environments. The organized structure of these multicellular communities generally protects bacterial cells from external challenges, thereby enhancing their ability to survive treatment with antibiotics or disinfectants. For this reason, the search for new antibiofilm ...
    Bacterial Aggregation Assay in the Presence of Cyclic Lipopeptides
    Authors:  Pengyuan Xiu, Rui Liu, Dechao Zhang and Chaomin Sun, date: 01/05/2018, view: 3620, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Lipopeptides is an important class of biosurfactants having antimicrobial and anti-adhesive activity against pathogenic bacteria. These include surfactin, fengycin, iturin, bacillomycin, mycosubtilin, lichenysin, and pumilacidin (Arima et al., 1968; Naruse et al., 1990; Yakimov et al., 1995; Steller and Vater, 2000; ...
    Quantification of Chlorophyll as a Proxy for Biofilm Formation in the Cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus
    Authors:  Eleonora Sendersky, Ryan Simkovsky, Susan S. Golden and Rakefet Schwarz, date: 07/20/2017, view: 5564, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] A self-suppression mechanism of biofilm development in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 was recently reported. These studies required quantification of biofilms formed by mutants impaired in the biofilm-inhibitory process. Here we describe in detail the use of chlorophyll measurements as a proxy for biomass accumulation ...



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