Special Issue "Biofilms: Extracellular Bastions of Bacteria"

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A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Alan W. Decho
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 29208. USA
Website: http://www.sph.sc.edu/enhs/facultystaffdetails.php?ID=12
E-Mail: awdecho@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: +803 777 6584
Interests: biofilms; extracellular polymers; microbial mats; chemical communication; infections; novel antibiotics; nano-based approaches to microbiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • biofilm
  • EPS (extracellular polymeric substances)
  • chemical communication
  • infections
  • microbial mats
  • imaging
  • nanoparticles
  • vesicles

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p. 2191-2206
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(2), 2191-2206; doi:10.3390/ijms15022191
Received: 23 December 2013; in revised form: 10 January 2014 / Accepted: 14 January 2014 / Published: 29 January 2014
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p. 850-877
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(1), 850-877; doi:10.3390/ijms15010850
Received: 1 November 2013; in revised form: 20 December 2013 / Accepted: 30 December 2013 / Published: 9 January 2014
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p. 23297-23300
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(12), 23297-23300; doi:10.3390/ijms141223297
Received: 31 October 2013; in revised form: 19 November 2013 / Accepted: 22 November 2013 / Published: 26 November 2013
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p. 22246-22257
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(11), 22246-22257; doi:10.3390/ijms141122246
Received: 15 September 2013; in revised form: 25 October 2013 / Accepted: 29 October 2013 / Published: 11 November 2013
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p. 21965-21982
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(11), 21965-21982; doi:10.3390/ijms141121965
Received: 5 September 2013; in revised form: 10 October 2013 / Accepted: 22 October 2013 / Published: 6 November 2013
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p. 21660-21675
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(11), 21660-21675; doi:10.3390/ijms141121660
Received: 9 August 2013; in revised form: 7 September 2013 / Accepted: 14 October 2013 / Published: 31 October 2013
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p. 20983-21005
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(10), 20983-21005; doi:10.3390/ijms141020983
Received: 21 August 2013; in revised form: 29 September 2013 / Accepted: 9 October 2013 / Published: 18 October 2013
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p. 20064-20078
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(10), 20064-20078; doi:10.3390/ijms141020064
Received: 2 August 2013; in revised form: 14 September 2013 / Accepted: 18 September 2013 / Published: 9 October 2013
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p. 19434-19451
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(10), 19434-19451; doi:10.3390/ijms141019434
Received: 14 August 2013; in revised form: 3 September 2013 / Accepted: 10 September 2013 / Published: 25 September 2013
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p. 18959-18972
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(9), 18959-18972; doi:10.3390/ijms140918959
Received: 20 August 2013; in revised form: 3 September 2013 / Accepted: 4 September 2013 / Published: 13 September 2013
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p. 18572-18598
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(9), 18572-18598; doi:10.3390/ijms140918572
Received: 18 July 2013; in revised form: 22 August 2013 / Accepted: 30 August 2013 / Published: 9 September 2013
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p. 18488-18501
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(9), 18488-18501; doi:10.3390/ijms140918488
Received: 8 August 2013; in revised form: 28 August 2013 / Accepted: 30 August 2013 / Published: 6 September 2013
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p. 17221-17237
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(8), 17221-17237; doi:10.3390/ijms140817221
Received: 1 July 2013; in revised form: 2 August 2013 / Accepted: 7 August 2013 / Published: 20 August 2013
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p. 15838-15859
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(8), 15838-15859; doi:10.3390/ijms140815838
Received: 24 May 2013; in revised form: 18 June 2013 / Accepted: 28 June 2013 / Published: 30 July 2013
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p. 12004-12012
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 12004-12012; doi:10.3390/ijms140612004
Received: 28 March 2013; in revised form: 16 May 2013 / Accepted: 31 May 2013 / Published: 5 June 2013
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p. 11113-11124
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 11113-11124; doi:10.3390/ijms140611113
Received: 21 March 2013; in revised form: 2 May 2013 / Accepted: 16 May 2013 / Published: 24 May 2013
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