Physico-chemistry of initial microbial adhesive interactions - its mechanisms and methods for study

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Abstract

In this review, initial microbial adhesive interactions are divided into adhesion to substratum surfaces, coaggregation between microbial pairs and co-adhesion between sessile and planktonic microorganisms of different strains or species. The physico-chemical mechanisms underlying the adhesive interactions are described and a critical review is given of currently employed methods to study microbial adhesive interactions, with an emphasis on the use of the parallel plate flow chamber. Subsequently, for each of the three microbial adhesive interactions distinguished, the role of Lifshitz-van der Weals, acid-base and electrostatic interactions is described based on existing literature. (C) 1999 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-230
Number of pages52
JournalFEMS Microbiology Reviews
Volume23
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr-1999

Keywords

  • microbial adhesion
  • hydrophobicity
  • contact angle
  • zeta potential
  • flow chamber
  • biofilm
  • PLATE FLOW CHAMBER
  • SURFACE-FREE-ENERGY
  • COAGULASE-NEGATIVE STAPHYLOCOCCI
  • SCANNING ELECTRON-MICROSCOPY
  • SUBGINGIVAL PLAQUE-FORMATION
  • ORAL STREPTOCOCCAL ADHESION
  • SILICONE VOICE PROSTHESES
  • ATOMIC-FORCE MICROSCOPY
  • SLUDGE BED REACTORS
  • PARALLEL-PLATE

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