Title: Living on a surface: swarming and biofilm formation
Authors: Verstraeten, Natalie
Braeken, Kristien
Debkumari, Bachaspatimayum
Fauvart, Maarten
Fransaer, Jan
Vermant, Jan
Michiels, Jan # ×
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Series Title: Trends in Microbiology vol:16 issue:10 pages:496-506
Abstract: Swarming is the fastest known bacterial mode of surface translocation and enables the rapid colonization of a nutrient-rich environment and host tissues. This complex multicellular behavior requires the integration of chemical and physical signals, which leads to the physiological and morphological differentiation of the bacteria into swarmer cells. Here, we provide a review of recent advances in the study of the regulatory pathways that lead to swarming behavior of different model bacteria. It has now become clear that many of these pathways also affect the formation of biofilms, surface-attached bacterial colonies. Decision-making between rapidly colonizing a surface and biofilm formation is central to bacterial survival among competitors. In the second part of this article, we review recent developments in the understanding of the transition between motile and sessile lifestyles of bacteria.
ISSN: 0966-842X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics
Chemical and Extractive Metallurgy Section (-)
Soft Matter, Rheology and Technology Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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