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Mini-review: Microbial coaggregation: ubiquity and implications for biofilm development

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Nicholas JakubovicsORCiD


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Coaggregation is the specific recognition and adherence of genetically distinct microorganisms. Because most biofilms are polymicrobial communities, there is potential for coaggregation to play an integral role in spatiotemporal biofilm development and the moderation of biofilm community composition. However, understanding of the mechanisms contributing to coaggregation and the relevance of coaggregation to biofilm ecology is at a very early stage. The purpose of this review is to highlight recent advances in the understanding of microbial coaggregation within different environments and to describe the possible ecological ramifications of such interactions. Bacteria that coaggregate with many partner species within different environments will be highlighted, including oral streptococci and oral bridging organisms such as fusobacteria, as well as the freshwater sphingomonads and acinetobacters. Irrespective of environment, it is proposed that coaggregation is essential for the orchestrated development of multi-species biofilms.

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Author(s): Katharios-Lanwermeyer S, Xi C, Jakubovics NS, Rickard AH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Biofouling

Year: 2014

Volume: 30

Issue: 10

Pages: 1235-1251

Online publication date: 24/11/2014

Acceptance date: 09/10/2014

ISSN (print): 0892-7014

ISSN (electronic): 1029-2454

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/08927014.2014.976206


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