Tag Archives: Biofilms

New Broad-Spectrum Peptide Antibiotic Targets Biofilms

A new peptide antibiotic suggests a new strategy in the fight against bacterial infections. Continue reading

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What is it about amyloids?

What is it about amyloids – why are they so widespread in living organisms? Continue reading

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My Hummocks

Flagella – they’re not just for swimming. Continue reading

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Stickability

Bacteria adhere to virtually all natural and synthetic surfaces. Bad news if they stick to you. Continue reading

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Fungal Biofilms

In real life, microbes don’t grow as they do in the laboratory, they often grow as communities called biofilms, so it is vital that we understand them. Continue reading

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Matrix-producing cannibals

Cell-cell interactions are common to all living systems. Bacteria are no exception, and numerous mechanisms that use secreted products as signaling molecules are known. Among these, the so-called “quorum sensing” systems are perhaps the best studied. In quorum sensing, all … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Biofilms

The finding that Candida albicans can form two different types of biofilm is interesting because it shows how signaling pathways may evolve by modifying preexisting signals for entirely new purposes. Continue reading

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Can viruses form biofilms?

Compelling evidence indicates that direct spread through cell contact is the most efficient mode of HIV and HTLV dissemination in vitro, and might play a crucial role in vivo. Continue reading

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Social interactions in a unicellular world

Traditionally, research in bacterial communication and co-operation has been performed at the molecular level and less attention has been paid to evolutionary and ecological factors which govern such actions. But Steve Diggle and Roman Popat ask in this article in … Continue reading

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