Special Issue "Bacterial Adhesion"
A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2013).
Interests: glycobiology; glycoproteins, polysialic acid; bacterial adhesion
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How bacteria attach themselves to surfaces, extracellular components or other cells plays a crucial role in many natural systems. Bacterial adherence has practical importance in applications in fields as varied as medicine or environmental engineering. Bacteria may bind to many types of living organisms including plants and animals, or even other bacteria. The bacteria may use special appendices, fimbriae or pili, for binding and often display specialized proteins, adhesins, to bind to their molecular targets, which are usually carbohydrates or proteins. Multivalent binding to the binding targets may often be used to overcome the dispersive forces of the environment that prevent adhesion. Biofilm formation is also an efficient strategy for bacterial persistence in diverse niches. Specific signaling may be involved in the process of bacterial adhesion.
The molecular background of bacterial adherence to their targets has been intensively studied, and some mechanisms have been elucidated in detail. Knowledge of the molecular mechanisms is of central importance for practical application such as the development of binding receptor analogues that could be used as novel antibacterial agents. This special issue will cover original research papers and reviews on the broad topic of bacterial adhesion.
Prof. Dr. Jukka Finne
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- adhesion inhibition
- antibacterial agents
- bacterial adherence