Biological ‘glue’ and ‘Velcro’: molecular tools for adhesion and biofilm formation in the hairy and gluey bug Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Article first published online: 27 AUG 2009
© 2009 Society for Applied Microbiology and Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Environmental Microbiology Reports
Special Issue: Pseudomonas. Editors: Professors Burkhard Tummler, Victor de Lorenzo, Alain Filloux and Joyce Loper
Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 343–358, June 2010
How to Cite
Giraud, C., Bernard, C., Ruer, S. and De Bentzmann, S. (2010), Biological ‘glue’ and ‘Velcro’: molecular tools for adhesion and biofilm formation in the hairy and gluey bug Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 2: 343–358. doi: 10.1111/j.1758-2229.2009.00070.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 27 AUG 2009
- Received 28 April, 2009; accepted 16 July, 2009.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa contains an extraordinarily large number of loci encoding systems facilitating a communal lifestyle and binding to supports of various natures. These P. aeruginosa systems are reviewed here and may be categorized as classical or non-classical systems. They highlight the panoply of strategies that this hairy and gluey bacterium has developed for dealing with the diverse environments with which it is faced during various types of infection, involving complex regulatory networks that have not yet been fully elucidated but several aspects of which are discussed here.