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Success and failure of colloidal approaches in adhesion of microorganisms to surfaces

Perni, Stefano, Preedy, Emily Callard and Prokopovich, Polina ORCID: 2014. Success and failure of colloidal approaches in adhesion of microorganisms to surfaces. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science 206 , pp. 265-274. 10.1016/j.cis.2013.11.008

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Biofilms are communities of cells attached to surfaces, their contributions to biological process may be either a benefit or a threat depending on the microorganism involved and on the type of substrate and environment. Biofilm formation is a complex series of steps; due to the size of microorganisms, the initial phase of biofilm formation, the bacterial adhesion to the surface, has been studied and modeled using theories developed in colloidal science. In this review the application of approaches such as Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, Overbeek (DLVO) theory and its extended version (xDLVO), to bacterial adhesion is described along with the suitability and applicability of such approaches to the investigation of the interface phenomena regulating cells adhesion. A further refinement of the xDLVO theory encompassing the brush model is also discussed. Finally, the evidences of phenomena neglected in colloidal approaches, such as surface heterogeneity and fluid flow, likely to be the source of failure are defined.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Pharmacy
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Additional Information: Available online 22 November 2013 PDF uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 20/8/15)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0001-8686
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 23:27

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