Suicide and Fratricide in Bacterial Biofilms

  title={Suicide and Fratricide in Bacterial Biofilms},
  author={Vinai Chittezham Thomas and Lynn E. Hancock},
  journal={The International Journal of Artificial Organs},
  pages={537 - 544}
  • V. Thomas, L. Hancock
  • Published 1 September 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The International Journal of Artificial Organs
Bacterial autolysis has recently been identified as a key mechanism that regulates different phases of biofilm development including microcolony formation and dispersal. However such autolytic measures are limited to a subfraction of cells within the entire biofilm population. Here we speculate on the role biofilm heterogeneity plays in limiting autolysis within biofilms and further describe the molecular regulation of suicidal and fratricidal mechanisms in biofilm development of Staphylococcus… 

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