Bacterial factors influencing adhesion of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains to a poly(ethylene oxide) brush

A. Roosjen, H.J. Busscher, W. Norde, H.C. van der Mei

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Abstract

Most bacterial strains adhere poorly to poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-brush coatings, with the exception of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain. The aim of this study was to find factors determining whether P. aeruginosa strains do or do not adhere to a PEO-brush coating in a parallel plate flow chamber. On the basis of their adhesion, a distinction could be made between three adhesive and three non-adhesive strains of P. aeruginosa, while bacterial motilities and zeta potentials were comparable for all six strains. However, water contact angles indicated that the adhesive strains were much more hydrophobic than the non-adhesive strains. Furthermore, only adhesive strains released surfactive extracellular substances, which may be engaged in attractive interactions with the PEO chains. Atomic force microscopy showed that the adhesion energy, measured from the retract curves of a bacterial-coated cantilever from a brush coating, was significantly more negative for adhesive strains than for non-adhesive strains (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2673-2682
JournalMicrobiology
Volume152
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • streptococcus-mitis strains
  • staphylococcus-epidermidis
  • microbial adhesion
  • glass surfaces
  • cell-surfaces
  • polymers
  • inhibition
  • attachment
  • biofilm
  • steps

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