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
Date Published2015 May 21
KeywordsBacterial Adhesion, Biofilms, Biological Transport, Biomechanical Phenomena, Escherichia coli, Locomotion, Pseudomonas aeruginosa

<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>

Alternate JournalCell
PubMed ID26000479
PubMed Central IDPMC4451180
Grant ListR01 GM065859 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
R01GM065859 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
DP1 AI124669 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
R01 GM107384 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
R37 GM065859 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States