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Pathogens 2016, 5(4), 65; doi:10.3390/pathogens5040065

Microbial Biofilms in Urinary Tract Infections and Prostatitis: Etiology, Pathogenicity, and Combating strategies

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Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences Section-ICUB, Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 060101, Romania
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Iancului Private Laboratory, Bucharest 060101, Romania
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Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 060101, Romania
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Received: 26 August 2016 / Accepted: 28 November 2016 / Published: 30 November 2016
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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most important causes of morbidity and health care spending affecting persons of all ages. Bacterial biofilms play an important role in UTIs, responsible for persistent infections leading to recurrences and relapses. UTIs associated with microbial biofilms developed on catheters account for a high percentage of all nosocomial infections and are the most common source of Gram-negative bacteremia in hospitalized patients. The purpose of this mini-review is to present the role of microbial biofilms in the etiology of female UTI and different male prostatitis syndromes, their consequences, as well as the challenges for therapy View Full-Text
Keywords: UPEC 1; quorum sensing (QS) 2; antibiofilm 3 UPEC 1; quorum sensing (QS) 2; antibiofilm 3
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Delcaru, C.; Alexandru, I.; Podgoreanu, P.; Grosu, M.; Stavropoulos, E.; Chifiriuc, M.C.; Lazar, V. Microbial Biofilms in Urinary Tract Infections and Prostatitis: Etiology, Pathogenicity, and Combating strategies. Pathogens 2016, 5, 65.

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