Bacterial Extracellular Polysaccharides in Biofilm Formation and Function.

  title={Bacterial Extracellular Polysaccharides in Biofilm Formation and Function.},
  author={Dominique H. Limoli and Christopher J. H. Jones and Daniel J Wozniak},
  journal={Microbiology spectrum},
  volume={3 3}
Microbes produce a biofilm matrix consisting of proteins, extracellular DNA, and polysaccharides that is integral in the formation of bacterial communities. Historical studies of polysaccharides revealed that their overproduction often alters the colony morphology and can be diagnostic in identifying certain species. The polysaccharide component of the matrix can provide many diverse benefits to the cells in the biofilm, including adhesion, protection, and structure. Aggregative polysaccharides… CONTINUE READING
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