Bacterial adherence: much more than a bond

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Pr. Patrick Di Martino, PhD.
Laboratoire ERRMECe-EA1391 Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy-Pontoise, France

Introduction of the special issue:

Bacterial adhesion is the beginning of the process of colonization of a surface known as biofilm development that involves physicochemical and molecular interactions.

Adhering to surfaces is a universal process that determines occupied ecological niches. In an infectious context, adherence to tissues is at the center of the cross-talk between the pathogenic bacterium and its host. In an industrial context, bacterial adherence by both vegetative cells and spores, is essential for bacterial contamination and persistence on surfaces.

Bacterial adhesion has a strong impact on bacterial behaviour by modifying gene expression: this has been shown in a variety of different contexts by transcriptomic and proteomic approaches.

In the context of the development of antibiotic resistance, targeting of bacterial adherence is a promising anti-infectious strategy. It is also a strategy to combat bacterial contamination in general.

This special issue pretends to cover established and updated studies about bacterial adherence mechanisms, bacterial adherence factors, bacterial adherence and bacterial behaviour, and bacterial adherence as a target for the development of innovative antibacterial strategies.

This special issue will welcome contributions related to the topic, especially to the following areas:

-Molecular and biophysical mechanisms involved in the interaction between bacteria and surfaces
-Bacterial adherence factors
-Bacterial adherence and pathogenesis
-Probiotics and bacterial adherence
-Recent developments in targeting bacterial adherence to develop antibacterials
-Transcriptomic and proteomic studies of adherent bacteria
-Technical approaches for studying bacterial adherence

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Submission due date: January 31, 2018.

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