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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2016 Apr;30:139-146. doi: 10.1016/j.mib.2016.02.004. Epub 2016 Mar 8.

Sensational biofilms: surface sensing in bacteria.

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1
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, United States. Electronic address: georgeo@dartmouth.edu.
2
Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, United States; Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, United States; California Nano Systems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, United States. Electronic address: gclwong@seas.ucla.edu.

Abstract

The first step in the development of a bacterial biofilm is contact with the surface on which the microbe will form this community. We review recent progress on 'surface sensing', and engage the question of 'how does a microbe know it is on a surface?'

PMID:
26968016
PMCID:
PMC4843124
DOI:
10.1016/j.mib.2016.02.004
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