The mechanical world of bacteria.

TitleThe mechanical world of bacteria.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsPersat, A, Nadell, CD, Kim, MKevin, Ingremeau, F, Siryaporn, A, Drescher, K, Wingreen, NS, Bassler, BL, Gitai, Z, Stone, HA
JournalCell
Volume161
Issue5
Pagination988-97
Date Published2015 May 21
ISSN1097-4172
KeywordsBacterial Adhesion, Biofilms, Biological Transport, Biomechanical Phenomena, Escherichia coli, Locomotion, Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Abstract

<p>In the wild, bacteria are predominantly associated with surfaces as opposed to existing as free-swimming, isolated organisms. They are thus subject to surface-specific mechanics, including hydrodynamic forces, adhesive forces, the rheology of their surroundings, and transport rules that define their encounters with nutrients and signaling molecules. Here, we highlight the effects of mechanics on bacterial behaviors on surfaces at multiple length scales, from single bacteria to the development of multicellular bacterial communities such as biofilms.</p>

DOI10.1016/j.cell.2015.05.005
Alternate JournalCell
PubMed ID26000479
PubMed Central IDPMC4451180
Grant ListR01 GM065859 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
R01GM065859 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
R37 GM065859 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States