Jelmer Sjollema

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This review presents the current state of Bioluminescence and Fluorescent Imaging technologies (BLI and FLI) as applied to Biomaterial-Associated Infections (BAI). BLI offers the opportunity to observe the in vivo course of BAI in small animals without the need to sacrifice animals at different time points after the onset of infection. BLI is highly(More)
In this article we studied the adsorption of serum albumin to substrata with a broad range of wettabilities from solutions with protein concentrations between 0.03 and 3.00 mg.mL-1 in a parallel-plate flow cell. Wall shear rates were varied between 20 and 2000 s-1. The amount of albumin adsorbed in a stationary state was always highest on PTFE, the most(More)
UNLABELLED Bacteria in the biofilm mode of growth are protected against chemical and mechanical stresses. Biofilms are composed, for the most part, of extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs). The extracellular matrix is composed of different chemical constituents, such as proteins, polysaccharides, and extracellular DNA (eDNA). Here we aimed to identify(More)
Extended life expectancy and medical development has led to an increased reliance on biomaterial implants and devices to support or restore human anatomy and function. However, the presence of an implanted biomaterial results in an increased susceptibility to infection. Due to the severity of the potential outcomes of biomaterial-associated infection,(More)
Biomaterial implants and devices increase the risk of microbial infections due to the biofilm mode of growth of infecting bacteria on implant materials, in which bacteria are protected against antibiotic treatment and the local immune system. Matrix-metalloproteinases (MMPs) and cell surface integrin receptors facilitate transmigration of inflammatory cells(More)
Bacterial biofilms are confined communities that are encapsulated in protective layers of extracellular polymeric substances. Microscopic evaluation of biofilms of diverse bacterial strains on various substrata reveals that, in general, the percentage of viable bacteria decreases with the total number of bacteria in a biofilm.
Bacteria adhering to surfaces demonstrate random, nanoscopic vibrations around their equilibrium positions. This paper compares vibrational amplitudes of bacteria adhering to glass. Spring constants of the bond are derived from vibrational amplitudes and related to the electrophoretic softness of the cell surfaces and dissipation shifts measured upon(More)
To evaluate powder formulations for pulmonary administration in pre-clinic research, the powder should be administered to the lungs of small laboratory animals. To do so properly, a device is needed that generates particles small enough to reach deep into the lungs. In this study a newly developed aerosol generator was tested for pulmonary administration of(More)
Biomaterials are increasingly used for the restoration of human function, but can become infected as a result of peri- or early post-operative bacterial contamination, although biomaterial-associated infections (BAIs) can also initiate at any time from hematogenous spreading of bacteria from an infection elsewhere in the body. Infecting bacteria in BAIs not(More)
Bacterial adhesion to surfaces is accompanied by cell wall deformation that may extend to the lipid membrane with an impact on the antimicrobial susceptibility of the organisms. Nanoscale cell wall deformation upon adhesion is difficult to measure, except for Δpbp4 mutants, deficient in peptidoglycan cross-linking. This work explores surface enhanced(More)