BioMed Research International

Recent Advances in Biofilmology and Antibiofilm Measures


Publishing date
02 Dec 2016
Status
Published
Submission deadline
15 Jul 2016

Lead Editor

1SASTRA University, Thanjavur, India

2Alagappa University, Karaikudi, India

3Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel

4Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand

5Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, USA


Recent Advances in Biofilmology and Antibiofilm Measures

Description

Microbial biofilms are microcosms attaching irreversibly on abiotic and biotic surfaces and are promulgated as single or multiple communities. Microbial biofilms are often characterized by an extracellular matrix composed of extracellular polymeric substance which mediates cell-to-cell and cell-to-surface interactions which stabilize the biofilms. Biofilms are a major detrimental factor in the industrial domain, wherein a substantial amount of cost and time is spent to remove these biofilms formed on industrial plants and to mitigate the long-standing issue of biofouling in the marine environment. Considering the medical scenario, biofilms formed by pathogens (bacteria and fungi) are responsible for causing a myriad of human infections which are intricate to treat as they are resistant to antimicrobial drugs and to the host immune system. Furthermore, biofilm formation on medical devices which accounts for device related infections poses a huge challenge to the medical fraternity. Understanding the dynamics of biofilms (i.e., factors that regulate microbial activity and population structure) also plays a crucial role in controlling the undesirable effects of microbial colonization of surfaces. As the concept of biofilms has rejuvenated the field of microbiology and has become an inseparable part under the umbrella of microbiology, the main aim of this special issue is to get updated about the recent developments in the field of biofilmology and discuss the various novel ways of combating this serious threat. We elicit high quality research articles focusing on recent concepts in biofilm biology, novel techniques developed with microbial biofilms for industrial and environmental application, and the latest methods (physical and chemical agents) for treating deleterious biofilms.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Biofilmology of Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogens
  • Dynamism of biofilms
  • Application of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) for biofilm studies
  • Biofilms in industrial settings and environmental bioremediation
  • Novel biofouling control strategies
  • Nanotechnology for antibiofilm surfaces
  • Biofilm diagnosis: possible methods
  • In vivo models for biofilm study
  • Antibiofilm agents from the marine environment
  • Synthetic and natural products as antibiofilm agents
  • Electroactive biofilms

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5409325
  • - Editorial

Recent Advances in Biofilmology and Antibiofilm Measures

Nithyanand Paramasivam | Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian | ... | Aruni Wilson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 9584703
  • - Research Article

Inhibition of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Formation by Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herb Herba patriniae

Bo Fu | Qiaolian Wu | ... | Kangmin Duan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3628268
  • - Research Article

Transferrin Impacts Bacillus thuringiensis Biofilm Levels

Bianca Garner | Elrica Brown | ... | Baracka Williams-Mapp
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 7616471
  • - Research Article

Enhanced Performance and Mode of Action of a Novel Antibiofilm Hydrofiber® Wound Dressing

David Parsons | Kate Meredith | ... | Philip G. Bowler
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1851242
  • - Review Article

Recent Nanotechnology Approaches for Prevention and Treatment of Biofilm-Associated Infections on Medical Devices

Mohankandhasamy Ramasamy | Jintae Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 4034517
  • - Research Article

Changes in the Expression of Biofilm-Associated Surface Proteins in Staphylococcus aureus Food-Environmental Isolates Subjected to Sublethal Concentrations of Disinfectants

Lenka Cincarova | Ondrej Polansky | ... | Petr Kralik
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1289157
  • - Research Article

In Vitro and In Vivo Biofilm Characterization of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus from Patients Associated with Pharyngitis Infection

Shanmugaraj Gowrishankar | Arumugam Kamaladevi | ... | Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3671306
  • - Research Article

Black Currant (Ribes nigrum L.) and Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) Fruit Juices Inhibit Adhesion of Asaia spp.

Hubert Antolak | Agata Czyzowska | Dorota Kregiel
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 7461047
  • - Review Article

Experimental Models of Oral Biofilms Developed on Inert Substrates: A Review of the Literature

Lopez-Nguyen Darrene | Badet Cecile
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