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The interactions of microbes with surfaces are important to many natural and engineered processes, affecting a wide range of applications from decontamination of surfaces or drinking water, prevention of microbial colonization of biomaterials, and bacterial processes in the environment. Therefore, there is great interest in understanding the fundamental behavior of microbes at surfaces. Topics are included that address interactions of cells with a number of surfaces for antifouling and microbial cell-based sensor applications; mechanistic studies of antimicrobial peptides and quorum sensing; exploration of experimental and theoretical models of a cell surface; cell surface display of peptides and enzymes as biofabrication techniques; the fate and transport of bacteria in the natural environment, as well as new experimental tools or modeling techniques to study interactions at the microbial surface.
While most of the papers are geared towards a specific application, they all contain fundamental information regarding bacterial behavior at interfaces that allows their contents to translate to other problems, as well. For example, many parallels are noted between the way bacteria interact with proteins-coated polymers on a catheter and bacterial-peptide interactions in a cellular detection assay. An overlying theme of all the manuscripts is that they represent studies of microbial interfaces using the most sophisticated experimental and modeling tools available, and many feature interdisciplinary approaches to tackling the given problems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780841274303
  • Publisher: American Chemical Society
  • Publication date: 5/30/2008
  • Series: ACS Symposium Series , #984
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Terri A. Camesano graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. Prior to that, she received an M.S. degree from the University of Arizona in Environmental Engineering, and B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Rochester. She is currently an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Charlene M. Mello received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She is the biological sciences technical lead at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center. Research interests have centered around the interaction of proteins and peptides with themselves and other systems in their surroundings.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction Terri A. Camesano Camesano, Terri A. Charlene M. Mello Mello, Charlene M. 1

2 Biosensors for quorum chemical signaling molecules : implications of bacterial communication in gastrointestinal disorders Anjali Kumari Kumari, Anjali Patrizia Pasini Pasini, Patrizia Sapna K. Deo Deo, Sapna K. Deborah Flomenhoft Flomenhoft, Deborah Harohalli Shashidhar Shashidhar, Harohalli Sylvia Daunert Daunert, Sylvia 13

3 Methods for whole cell detection of microorganisms Byron F. Brehm-Stecher Brehm-Stecher, Byron F. 29

4 Membrane selectivity of antimicrobial peptides Charlene M. Mello Mello, Charlene M. Jason W. Soares Soares, Jason W. 51

5 Antibacterial activities of thin films containing ceragenins Paul B. Savage Savage, Paul B. Jason Nielsen Nielsen, Jason Xin-Zhong Lai Lai, Xin-Zhong Yanshu Feng Feng, Yanshu Yang Li Yang, Li Gard Nelson Nelson, Gard Matthew R. Linford Linford, Matthew R. Carl Genberg Genberg, Carl 65

6 Retention and viability of Staphylococcus epidermidis on protein-coated self-assembled monolayers Joshua Strauss Strauss, Joshua Yatao Liu Liu, Yatao Eftim Milkani Milkani, Eftim W. Grant McGimpsey McGimpsey, W. Grant Terri A. Camesano Camesano, Terri A. 79

7 New biological activities of plant proanthocyanidins Brandy J. Johnson Johnson, Brandy J. James B. Delehanty Delehanty, James B. Baochuan Lin Lin, Baochuan Frances S. Ligler Ligler, Frances S. 101

8 Cranberry extract as a bacterial antiadhesive coating Terri A. Camesano Camesano, Terri A. Jeffrey R. Pouliot Pouliot, Jeffrey R. Joel B. Lofgren Lofgren, Joel B. Paola A. Pinzon-Arango Pinzon-Arango, Paola A. 115

9 An atomic force microscopy look at the molecular world of living bacteria Nehal I.Abu-Lail Abu-Lail, Nehal I. 133

10 Immobilizing bacteria for atomic force microscopy imaging or force measurements in liquids Yatao Liu Liu, Yatao Terri A. Camesano Camesano, Terri A. 163

11 Binding forces associated with Staphylococcus aureus biofilms on medical implants Ruchirej Yongsunthon Yongsunthon, Ruchirej Vance G. Fowler, Jr. Fowler, Vance G., Jr. Steven K. Lower Lower, Steven K. 189

12 Characterization of the outer membrane of M. Tuberculosis with atomic force microscopy methods Matthew T. Basel Basel, Matthew T. Katharine Janik Janik, Katharine Michael Niederweiss Niederweiss, Michael Stefan H. Bossmann Bossmann, Stefan H. 199

13 Directly measuring adhesive and elastic properties of bacteria using a surface force apparatus Joan E. Curry Curry, Joan E. Cheol Ho Heo Heo, Cheol Ho Raina M. Maier Maier, Raina M. 217

14 Measuring the strength of bacterial adhesion by micromanipulation Guanglai Li Li, Guanglai Jay X. Tang Tang, Jay X. 231

15 Modeling bacterial adhesion and transport in the environment : surface free energy relationships in interpreting bacterial deposition in porous media Gang Chen Gang, Chen Amy Chan Hilton Hilton, Amy Chan Mitch Williams Williams, Mitch 245

16 Mechanistic modeling of bacterial transport in saturated porous media Kirk E. Nelson Nelson, Kirk E. 261

17 Mechanisms of retention of biological and non-biological colloids in porous media : wedging and retention in flow-stagnation zones in the presence of an energy barrier to deposition William P. Johnson Johnson, William P. 297

Author index 343

Subject index 345

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