Role of polysaccharides in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm development.

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1064, United States.
Current Opinion in Microbiology (Impact Factor: 7.22). 01/2008; 10(6):644-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.mib.2007.09.010
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ABSTRACT During the past decade, there has been a renewed interest in using Pseudomonas aeruginosa as a model system for biofilm development and pathogenesis. Since the biofilm matrix represents a crucial interface between the bacterium and the host or its environment, considerable effort has been expended to acquire a more complete understanding of the matrix composition. Here, we focus on recent developments regarding the roles of alginate, Psl, and Pel polysaccharides in the biofilm matrix.

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