Recent advances in studying single bacteria and biofilm mechanics

Abstract : Bacterial biofilms correspond to surface-associated bacterial communities embedded in hydrogel-like matrix, in which high cell density, reduced diffusion and physico-chemical heterogeneity play a protective role and induce novel behaviors. In this review, we present recent advances on the understanding of how bacterial mechanical properties, from single cell to high-cell density community, determine biofilm tri-dimensional growth and eventual dispersion and we attempt to draw a parallel between these properties and the mechanical properties of other well-studied hydrogels and living systems.
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Catherine Even, Christian Marlière, Jean-Marc Ghigo, Jean-Marc Allain, Alba Marcellan, et al.. Recent advances in studying single bacteria and biofilm mechanics. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, Elsevier, 2017, pp.57. ⟨10.1016/j.cis.2017.07.026⟩. ⟨hal-01566801⟩

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