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© J.M. Ghigo (Institut Pasteur) and Brigite Arbeille (LBC-ME. Faculté de Médecine de Tours)
Colorized scanning electron microscopy of an E. coli biofilm developing on a glass surface
Publication : Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology

Escherichia coli biofilms

Scientific Fields
Diseases
Organisms
Applications
Technique

Published in Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology - 01 Jan 2008

Beloin C, Roux A, Ghigo JM.

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 18453280

Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2008;322:249-89

Escherichia coli is a predominant species among facultative anaerobic bacteria of the gastrointestinal tract. Both its frequent community lifestyle and the availability of a wide array of genetic tools contributed to establish E. coli as a relevant model organism for the study of surface colonization. Several key factors, including different extracellular appendages, are implicated in E. coli surface colonization and their expression and activity are finely regulated, both in space and time, to ensure productive events leading to mature biofilm formation. This chapter will present known molecular mechanisms underlying biofilm development in both commensal and pathogenic E. coli.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18453280