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Biological ‘glue’ and ‘Velcro’: molecular tools for adhesion and biofilm formation in the hairy and gluey bug Pseudomonas aeruginosa


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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.