Special Issue "Biofilms: Extracellular Bastions of Bacteria"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2013)
Prof. Dr. Alan W. Decho
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 29208. USA
Phone: 803 777-6584
Interests: biofilms; extracellular polymers; microbial mats; chemical communication; infections; novel antibiotics; nano-based approaches to microbiology
Biofilms are attached forms of bacteria and other microorganisms enclosed in a matrix of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), and comprise a microbial lifestyle that is quite different from that of free-living planktonic cells. The biofilm state is now universally-recognized for its complexity and resiliency to stresses, and importance in natural environments, as well its roles in comensal flora and infection processes. However, the EPS matrix, which occur just ‘outside of cells’, is poorly understood, and has been understated in the literature. Yet this extracellular milieu is crucial to the functioning and resiliency of the biofilm. Recently, exciting new advances have emerged that are helping to understand the EPS matrix, its processes, ultrastructure, and importance to cells in nature and disease.
This special issue of IJMS will be devoted to original papers and reviews addressing biofilms with a special emphasis on the properties and processes occurring ‘outside of cells’ within the extracellular biome of EPS. These can emphasize: (1) imaging approaches and nano-based tools used to explore microenvironments of EPS and cells; (2) characterization of molecules, and structures; 3) the localization by EPS of antibiotics, vesicles, extracellular-enzymes; chemical communication and sensing, and electron transfer via EPS nanowires; 4) the role of (extracellular) e-DNA and e-proteins, secreted sRNAs, enhanced gene exchange, and microspatial heterogeneity, and other EPS-related topics as well.
Dr. Alan W. Decho
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
- EPS (extracellular polymeric substances)
- chemical communication
- microbial mats