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Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2002 Sep;59(6):718-20. Epub 2002 Jul 30.

Role of electrostatic interactions in cohesion of bacterial biofilms.

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Center ofr Biofilm Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering, Montana State University - Bozeman, Montana 59717-3980, USA.

Abstract

Significant decreases in the apparent viscosity of a bacterial biofilm suspension were measured following addition of sodium, potassium, magnesium, or calcium salts, whereas iron salts increased the viscosity. Electrostatic interactions contribute to biofilm cohesion and iron cations are potent crosslinkers of the biofilm matrix.

PMID:
12226730
DOI:
10.1007/s00253-002-1044-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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