MBIO 3812 Ex 7-4 Clinical Biofilms

MBIO 3812 Ex 7-4 Clinical Biofilms - MBIO 3812 Ex 7-4...

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11 MBIO 3812 Ex 7-4 Clinical Biofilms Biofilm: a complex association that arises from a mixture of microorganisms growing together on the surface of a habitat Examples of biofilms: the scum on the surface of a stagnant pond the scum on the inside of water/sewage pipes the scum on the hull of a boat the scum on diseased fruits and vegetables the dental plaque on teeth
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22 MBIO 3812 Ex 7-4 Clinical Biofilms Biofilm formation: #1 Surface conditioning Production of a surface film composed of biomolecules and particles #2 Initial attachment Primary bacterial colonizers adhere #3 Slime formation Primary colonizers secrete slime that allows irreversible attachment adhere #4 Secondary colonization More bacteria join #5 Maturation Fully functioning biofilm is formed #6 Dispersal Bacteria released and will go on to form biofilms on more distant surfaces
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33 MBIO 3812 Ex 7-4 Clinical Biofilms Medical importance of biofilms: Biofilms can form on many indwelling devices such as: contact lens
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course MBIO 3812 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at The University of Oklahoma.

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MBIO 3812 Ex 7-4 Clinical Biofilms - MBIO 3812 Ex 7-4...

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