Biofilms as Refuge against Predation

  title={Biofilms as Refuge against Predation},
  author={Carsten Matz},
Bacterial growth and survival in the environment as well as in association with human hosts are constrained by the action of phagocytic eukaryotic cells. Phagocytic predation on bacteria by host immune cells shares a number of cellular mechanisms with free-living protozoa. In and outside the human host, bacteria growing in biofilms appear to be less vulnerable to phagocytic predators than planktonic cells. Widespread resistance against predators is mediated by the interplay of biofilm-specific… CONTINUE READING
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