Bacteria Pattern Spontaneously on Periodic Nanostructure Arrays
Hochbaum, Allon I.
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CitationHochbaum, Allon I., and Joanna Aizenberg. 2010. Bacteria Pattern Spontaneously on Periodic Nanostructure Arrays. Nano Lett. 10, no. 9: 3717–3721. doi:10.1021/nl102290k.
AbstractSurface-associated bacteria typically form self-organizing communities called biofilms. Spatial segregation is important for various bacterial processes associated with cellular and community development. Here, we demonstrate bacterial ordering and oriented attachment on the single-cell level induced by nanometer-scale periodic surface features. These surfaces cause spontaneous and distinct patterning phases, depending on their periodicity, which is observed for several strains, both gram positive and negative. This patterning is a general phenomenon that can control natural biofilm organization.
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