Pathogenic Biofilms: Physiology, Molecular Mechanisms and Counter Strategies

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Biofilm".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2024 | Viewed by 161

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Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences, University of Messina, Viale Ferdinando Stagno d'Alcontres, 31, 98166 Messina, Italy
Interests: phage-display technology; drug delivery and drug targeting; nano and micro-structured systems for biosensor application; molecular biology
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Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences, University of Messina, Viale Ferdinando Stagno d'Alcontres, 31, 98166 Messina, Italy
Interests: phage-display technology; drug delivery and drug targeting; nano and micro-structured systems for biosensor application; molecular biology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biofilms (BFs) make up a structured microbial community of sessile cells embedded in a extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix, offering a survival strategy against adverse environmental factors or immune responses. Pathogenic bacteria in BFs benefit in terms of multidrug-resistance (MDR) growth, virulence, persistence, and acquisition. Consequently, BF-associated infections are involved in serious illness and death for the host. Some researches focused on the early stages of BF formation, such as molecular mechanisms of quorum sensing and early interactions between bacteria and surfaces. Other researches have aimed to degrade the EPS matrix or use bacterial viruses (phages) to destroy mature BFs. Each of these strategies aims to expand knowledge on the physiological and molecular mechanisms that lead to the formation and maturation of BFs.

As Guest Editor of the Special Issue, we invite you to submit research articles, review articles, and short communications related to the physiology, molecular mechanisms, and counter strategies of pathogenic biofilms.

Dr. Domenico Franco
Dr. Laura Maria De Plano
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • pathogenic biofilm
  • planktonic and sessile cells
  • antiadhesive and antifouling strategies
  • quorum sensing
  • quorum quenching
  • extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs)
  • phage therapy

Published Papers

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