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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(8), 17221-17237; doi:10.3390/ijms140817221

Environmental Stimuli Shape Biofilm Formation and the Virulence of Periodontal Pathogens

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Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku, Finland
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Department of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku, Finland
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 1 July 2013 / Revised: 2 August 2013 / Accepted: 7 August 2013 / Published: 20 August 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biofilms: Extracellular Bastions of Bacteria)
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Abstract

Periodontitis is a common inflammatory disease affecting the tooth-supporting structures. It is initiated by bacteria growing as a biofilm at the gingival margin, and communication of the biofilms differs in health and disease. The bacterial composition of periodontitis-associated biofilms has been well documented and is under continual investigation. However, the roles of several host response and inflammation driven environmental stimuli on biofilm formation is not well understood. This review article addresses the effects of environmental factors such as pH, temperature, cytokines, hormones, and oxidative stress on periodontal biofilm formation and bacterial virulence.
Keywords: periodontal pathogens; environmental stimuli; biofilm EPS; virulence factors periodontal pathogens; environmental stimuli; biofilm EPS; virulence factors
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Pöllänen, M.T.; Paino, A.; Ihalin, R. Environmental Stimuli Shape Biofilm Formation and the Virulence of Periodontal Pathogens. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 17221-17237.

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