Special Issue "Biofilm-Based Nosocomial Infections"


A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gianfranco Donelli
Microbial Biofilm Laboratory (LABIM), IRCCS "Fondazione Santa Lucia", Via Ardeatina 306, 00179 Rome, Italy
Website: http://www.hsantalucia.it
E-Mail: g.donelli@hsantalucia.it
Phone: +39 06 51501305
Fax: +39 06 51501306
Interests: Microbial biofilms; Biofilm-based healthcare-associated infections

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microbial biofilms have been implicated in a large number of acute and chronic infections, as well as in the failure of antibiotic treatment, particularly in hospitalized patients. In fact, the well-known persistence in the nosocomial environment of multidrug resistant microorganisms is believed to be highly promoted by the ability of the great majority of the involved bacterial and fungal species to adhere on living or abiotic surfaces, and to grow in sessile mode, to form single- or multi-species biofilms. In these communities, microbes grow encased in a hydrated matrix of extracellular polymeric substances produced by themselves and are well protected from the host immune response and the attack of antimicrobial molecules. Thus, the establishment of microbial biofilm communities on the mucosal and soft tissues of hospitalized patients, as well as on the surfaces of indwelling devices and medical instruments, is expected to have a great influence on the success of the antibiotic therapies against most of the bugs involved in nosocomial infections, being biofilm-growing bacteria and fungi much less susceptible to antibiotics.

The aim of this Special Issue will be to report the state-of-art developments in the field of  biofilm-based nosocomial infections that can be acquired by patients in both general hospitals and long-term care settings. Particularly, the involvement of biofilms in medical device-related infections and other healthcare-associated infections, which have so far been underestimated and scarcely investigated, will be reviewed.

Prof. Dr. Gianfranco Donelli
Guest Editor


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  • bacterial biofilms
  • fungal biofilms
  • nosocomial Infections
  • antibiotic resistance
  • healthcare-associated infections
  • multidrug resistant microorganisms
  • medical devices
  • prostheses
  • medical instruments
  • general hospitals
  • long-term care settings

Published Papers (3 papers)

by ,  and
Pathogens 2014, 3(3), 596-632; doi:10.3390/pathogens3030596
Received: 29 May 2014; in revised form: 10 July 2014 / Accepted: 14 July 2014 / Published: 18 July 2014
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by , , ,  and
Pathogens 2014, 3(2), 473-498; doi:10.3390/pathogens3020473
Received: 4 May 2014; in revised form: 4 June 2014 / Accepted: 5 June 2014 / Published: 18 June 2014
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by  and
Pathogens 2014, 3(2), 404-416; doi:10.3390/pathogens3020404
Received: 20 March 2014; in revised form: 23 April 2014 / Accepted: 28 April 2014 / Published: 6 May 2014
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Last update: 11 July 2014

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