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  • Role of microbial biofilms in device-related and other chronic diseases
    Bill Costerton
    Direct observations have revealed that the bacteria that cause device-related and other chronic diseases grow in matrix-enclosed biofilms, adherent to the surfaces of biomaterials and tissues. In this biofilm mode-of-growth, the organisms are virtually impervious to antibiotics, and to the antibodies and phagocytes that constitute the defense systems of virtually all mamma...
  • Communication and cooperation in bacterial populations: Mechanistic and evolutionary perspectives
    Martin Schuster
    There has been an explosion in research directed at understanding the mechanisms of how bacteria communicate and cooperate to perform a variety of multicellular behaviors, including biofilm formation. Not until very recently have microbiologists also begun to investigate these behaviors from the perspective of social evolution. Our goal is to integrate mechanistic and evol...
  • Persister Cells and the Paradox of Relapsing Chronic Infection
    Kim Lewis
    Pathogen populations produce persisters, specialized survivor cells that are dormant and highly tolerant to all known antibiotics. Molecular mechanisms of persister formation will be discussed, as well as their role in disease, such as biofilm infections of catheters, cystic fibrosis, and oropharyngeal candidiasis. Approaches to eradicating persisters will be discussed as ...
  • A novel signaling network essential for regulating Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm development
    Karin Sauer
    The important human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa has been linked to numerous biofilm-related chronic infections Biofilms are complex communities of microorganisms encased in a matrix and attached to surfaces. It is well recognized that biofilm cells differ from their free swimming counterparts with respect to gene expression, protein production, and resistance to antibi...
  • The Freter Model of Biofilm Formation
    Hal Smith
    Driven by recent advances in noninvasive microscopy, staining techniques, and genetic probes, there has been enormous increase in our understanding of biofilms. Along with this increase in understanding, has been increasing interest in mathematical models of biofilms to get at important mechanisms. Most recent modeling in the field has been directed towards understanding t...

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