Sensors 2012, 12(6), 7047-7062; doi:10.3390/s120607047
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CMEIAS-Aided Microscopy of the Spatial Ecology of Individual Bacterial Interactions Involving Cell-to-Cell Communication within Biofilms

Received: 29 March 2012; in revised form: 17 April 2012 / Accepted: 22 May 2012 / Published: 29 May 2012
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Abstract: This paper describes how the quantitative analytical tools of CMEIAS image analysis software can be used to investigate in situ microbial interactions involving cell-to-cell communication within biofilms. Various spatial pattern analyses applied to the data extracted from the 2-dimensional coordinate positioning of individual bacterial cells at single-cell resolution indicate that microbial colonization within natural biofilms is not a spatially random process, but rather involves strong positive interactions between communicating cells that influence their neighbors’ aggregated colonization behavior. Geostatistical analysis of the data provide statistically defendable estimates of the micrometer scale and interpolation maps of the spatial heterogeneity and local intensity at which these microbial interactions autocorrelate with their spatial patterns of distribution. Including in situ image analysis in cell communication studies fills an important gap in understanding the spatially dependent microbial ecophysiology that governs the intensity of biofilm colonization and its unique architecture.
Keywords: bacterial cell-to-cell communication; biofilm; calling distance; CMEIAS; colonization behavior; ecophysiology; geostatistics; image analysis; spatial pattern analysis
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Dazzo, F.B. CMEIAS-Aided Microscopy of the Spatial Ecology of Individual Bacterial Interactions Involving Cell-to-Cell Communication within Biofilms. Sensors 2012, 12, 7047-7062.

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Dazzo FB. CMEIAS-Aided Microscopy of the Spatial Ecology of Individual Bacterial Interactions Involving Cell-to-Cell Communication within Biofilms. Sensors. 2012; 12(6):7047-7062.

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Dazzo, Frank B. 2012. "CMEIAS-Aided Microscopy of the Spatial Ecology of Individual Bacterial Interactions Involving Cell-to-Cell Communication within Biofilms." Sensors 12, no. 6: 7047-7062.


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