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Why is it an advantage when a compound inhibits biofilm formation but does not affect bacterial growth?

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Ramona Khanum on Dec 23, 2015 • 4 answers
Great answers, I'd just like to add that biofilms also protect bacteria from phagocytic immune cells. If biofilms cannot form, then infections may be cleared naturally by the ho... Read more »
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Ben Libberton on Jan 13, 2016

We believe that bacterial outer surface bears a unexplored plethora of sugar binding proteins which helps in bacterial cell to cell communications. Do lectins play an important role in bio-films?

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Sandeep Kumar on Dec 11, 2015 • 2 answers
There are many aspects of the cell surface that are largely under explored and it is likely that, as you suggest, the sugar binding or lectin binding proteins are but one example. In the medical arena, there is a fairly substantive history of studying lectin binding proteins and how the mediate ‘lock and key’ style binding to host receptors or to surface markers on other bacter... Read more »
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Sharon Longford on Dec 16, 2015

How to explain the complexity of biofilms and the importance of studying them to those not familiar in the field?

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Ramona Khanum on Oct 09, 2015 • 2 answers
I also like this analogy. You can also say that different parts of the microbial population have different roles, similar to the people in a city.
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Ben Libberton on Dec 10, 2015

What does the photograph used as a background for all participants of this community show? What is it of?

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Magdalena Skipper on Jul 02, 2015 • 3 answers
We're now looking for a new photograph, to illustrate our community homepage. Check out my post below for more detai... Read more »
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