Pili mediated intercellular forces shape heterogeneous bacterial microcolonies prior to multicellular differentiation

@article{Pnisch2018PiliMI,
  title={Pili mediated intercellular forces shape heterogeneous bacterial microcolonies prior to multicellular differentiation},
  author={Wolfram P{\"o}nisch and Kelly B. Eckenrode and Khaled Alzurqa and Hadis Nasrollahi and Christoph A. Weber and Vasily Zaburdaev and Nicolas Biais},
  journal={Scientific Reports},
  year={2018},
  volume={8}
}
Microcolonies are aggregates of a few dozen to a few thousand cells exhibited by many bacteria. The formation of microcolonies is a crucial step towards the formation of more mature bacterial communities known as biofilms, but also marks a significant change in bacterial physiology. Within a microcolony, bacteria forgo a single cell lifestyle for a communal lifestyle hallmarked by high cell density and physical interactions between cells potentially altering their behaviour. It is thus crucial… Expand
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