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  1. Mit Mischkulturen die inländische Eiweissversorgung verbessern

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    Clerc, Maurice; Klaiss, Matthias; Messmer, Monika; Arncken, Christine; Dierauer, Hansueli; Hegglin, Django; Böhler, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Mischkulturen von Körnerleguminosen mit Getreide sind vielversprechend, um wirtschaftlich und ressourceneffizient heimische Proteinpflanzen zu produzieren. Seit 2009 hat das FiBL in Zusammenarbeit mit Biolandwirten Praxisversuche angelegt, um gemeinsam geeignete Anbauverfahren für Schweizer Bedingungen zu entwickeln. Getestet wurde eine Vielzahl von Mischungsverhältnissen sowie von Arten- und Sortenkombinationen. Als standardisierte praxisreife Anbauverfahren wurden Mischkulturen mit Prote...

  2. Advanced waste water cleaning with the aid of an algae biofilm; Weitergehende Abwasserreinigung mit Hilfe eines Algenbiofilms

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    Schumacher, G.; Patzold, V.; Ike, A.; Sekoulov, I. [Technische Univ. Hamburg-Harburg, Hamburg (Germany). Arbeitsbereich Abwasserwirtschaft

    1999-07-01

    These first investigations have led to results indicating that advanced waste water cleaning with the aid of algae biofilm as a downstream process stage is feasible. The concentration of phosphorus in waste water could be reduced to less than 1 mg per litre. Ammonium, which is toxic to fish, was nitrified, and the overall nitrogen concentration could be cut down. The concentration of bacteria was reduced by means of a close-to-nature process to less than the limiting values set by the European Union directive governing the quality of bathing waters. (orig.) [German] Die Ergebnisse dieser ersten Untersuchungen zeigen, dass eine weitergehende Abwasserreinigung mit Hilfe eines Algenbiofilms als nachgeschaltete Verfahrensstufe moeglich ist. Die Phosphorkonzentration im Abwasser konnte auf unter 1 mg/l reduziert werden. Fischgiftiges Ammonium wurde nitrifiziert und die Gesamtstickstoffkonzentration konnte gesenkt werden. Die Bakterienkonzentration konnte mit Hilfe eines naturnahen Verfahrens bis unter die Grenzwerte der EU-Richtlinie ueber die Qualitaet der Badegewaesser reduziert werden. (orig.)

  3. Biofilms

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    López, Daniel; Vlamakis, Hera; Kolter, Roberto

    2010-01-01

    The ability to form biofilms is a universal attribute of bacteria. Biofilms are multicellular communities held together by a self-produced extracellular matrix. The mechanisms that different bacteria employ to form biofilms vary, frequently depending on environmental conditions and specific strain attributes. In this review, we emphasize four well-studied model systems to give an overview of how several organisms form biofilms: Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus subtilis, and ...

  4. Interactions of uranium (VI) with biofilms; Wechselwirkung von Uran(VI) mit Biofilmen

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    Brockmann, Sina; Arnold, Thuro; Bernhard, Gert

    2013-07-01

    In this study a detailed investigation was made of natural biofilms from two uranium-contaminated sites, namely the former uranium mine in Koenigstein (Saxony) and the ground surface of the former Grassenhalde tailing heap in Thuringia. A predominance of uranyl sulphate (UO{sub 2}SO{sub 4}), a highly mobile, solute uranium species, was found in the mine waters of both sites. In this study an investigation was made of the capacity of Euglena mutabilis cells for bioaccumulation of uranium in a pH range of 3 to 6 using living cells and sodium perchlorate (9 g/l) or sodium sulphate (3.48 g/l) as background media. At acidic pH values in the range from 3 to 4 it was possible to remove more than 90% of the original uranium content from the test solution regardless of the medium being used. The speciation of the uranium accumulated in the Euglena cells was investigated by laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (LIFS). It was found that a new uranium species of low variability forms on the cells independent of the background medium, state of life of the cells and pH value. By comparing the data from the LIFS measurements with reference values it was possible to narrow down the identity of the uranium species to one bonded to (organo) phosphate and/or carboxylic functional groups. Using time-resolved FT-IR spectroscopy it was possible to demonstrate carboxylic bonding of uranium to dead cells. However it was not possible to exclude (organo) complexation with this method. An investigation of the specific location of the uranium on or in the cells using combined CLSM/LIFS technology yielded first indications of intracellular accumulation of uranium in the living cells. Supplementary TEM/EDX measurements confirmed the intracellular uptake, showing it to occur in round to oval cell organelles which are thought to be vacuoles or vacuole-like vesicles. It was not possible to detect uranium on dead cells using these methods. This points to passive, homogeneously distributed

  5. Biofilm

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    Kvíderová, Jana

    Berlin: Springer, 2015 - (Amils, R.; Gargaud, M.; Cernicharo Quintanilla, J.; James Claves, H.; Irvine, W.; Pinti, D.; Viso, M.), s. 1-3 ISBN 978-3-642-27833-4 Institutional support: RVO:67985939 Keywords : biofilm * microbial mat * astrobiology Subject RIV: EF - Botanics

  6. Mit kokkeri

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    Ejlersen, Søren; Lorang, Louisa

    MIT kokkeri er resultatet af et samarbejde mellem Komiteen for Sundhedsoplysning, Institut for Uddannelse og Pædagogik/Aarhus Universitet og Haver til Maver. Projektet støttes af Nordea-fonden. Bag kogebogens mange opskrifter står en række erfarne madeksperter bestående af Søren Ejlersen, Louisa ...

  7. Combating biofilms

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    Yang, Liang; Liu, Yang; Wu, Hong;

    2012-01-01

    Biofilms are complex microbial communities consisting of microcolonies embedded in a matrix of self-produced polymer substances. Biofilm cells show much greater resistance to environmental challenges including antimicrobial agents than their free-living counterparts. The biofilm mode of life is...... believed to significantly contribute to successful microbial survival in hostile environments. Conventional treatment, disinfection and cleaning strategies do not proficiently deal with biofilm-related problems, such as persistent infections and contamination of food production facilities. In this review......, strategies to control biofilms are discussed, including those of inhibition of microbial attachment, interference of biofilm structure development and differentiation, killing of biofilm cells and induction of biofilm dispersion....

  8. Singlet - oxygen therapy. 'MIT-S' apparatus

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    The described method is based on using singlet-oxygen mixture with antioxiding properties. This mixture is produced by photochemical sensibilization of air or water vapour in MIT-S apparatus. Technical parameters of MIT-S are presented. The method is used for therapy of different organs, for prophylactics, treatment and rehabilitation of a series of diseases (bronchial asthma, cardio-vascular, neurologic, sugar diabet, immune diseases)

  9. Permeabilizing biofilms

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    Soukos, Nikolaos S.; Lee, Shun; Doukas, Apostolos G.

    2008-02-19

    Methods for permeabilizing biofilms using stress waves are described. The methods involve applying one or more stress waves to a biofilm, e.g., on a surface of a device or food item, or on a tissue surface in a patient, and then inducing stress waves to create transient increases in the permeability of the biofilm. The increased permeability facilitates delivery of compounds, such as antimicrobial or therapeutic agents into and through the biofilm.

  10. Investigation of mass transfer phenomena in biofilm systems; Untersuchung von Stoffuebergangsphaenomenen in Biofilmsystemen

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    Waesche, S.; Hempel, D.C. [Technische Univ. Braunschweig (Germany). Inst. fuer Bioverfahrenstechnik; Horn, H. [Fachhochschule Magdeburg (Germany). Hydro- und Abfallchemie

    1999-07-01

    Substance transfer in the boundary layer bulk/biofilm can be only inadequately described by conventional model concepts. In such cases where the surface structure of a biofilm adapts to given hydraulic conditions, the substance transfer phenomena need to be studied in depth. In addition, the entire biofilm structure is much influenced both by substrate conditions and by hydrodynamic conditions during growth. With a view to quantifying these factors, biofilms were cultured under various substrate and hydrodynamic conditions in tube reactors with a diameter of 2.6 cm. For characterizing the cultured biofilms, biofilm density and substrate turnover measured as maximum mass transfer density were determined in each test series. Biofilm density (dry biomass/biofilm volume) was determined by gravimetry. Maximum mass transfer densities in biofilm were established in batch experiments with excess substrate. By means of oxygen microelectrodes, oxygen profiles in the biofilm were measured directly in the reactor. These measurements concerned biofilms of thicknesses ranging from 400 to 2000 {mu}m, where the biofilms did not yet exhibit erosion. (orig.) [German] Der Stoffuebergang in der Grenzschicht Bulk/Biofilm ist mit herkoemmlichen Modellvorstellungen nur ungenuegend beschreibbar. Eine sich an die aktuellen hydraulischen Bedingungen anpassende Oberflaechenstruktur des Biofilms erfordert eine intensive Untersuchung der Stoffuebergangsphaenomene in derartigen Systemen. Darueber hinaus wird die gesamte Biofilmstruktur sowohl von den Substratbedingungen als auch von den hydrodynamischen Bedingungen waehrend des Wachstums stark beeinflusst. Um diese Faktoren quantifizieren zu koennen, wurden Biofilme bei verschiedenen Substrat- und hydrodynamischen Bedingungen in Rohrreaktoren mit einem Durchmesser von 2,6 cm kultiviert. Zur Charakterisierung der kultivierten Biofilme wurde die Biofilmdichte und der Substratumsatz, gemessen als maximale Massestromdichte, bei jeder Versuchsreihe

  11. Beneficial biofilms

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    Sara R Robertson

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Surface-adherent biofilm growth is a common trait of bacteria and other microorganisms in nature. Within biofilms, organisms are present in high density and are enmeshed in an organic matrix containing polysaccharides and other molecules. The close proximity of organisms within biofilms facilitates microbial interactions and signaling, including many metabolic processes in which consortia rather than individual organisms participate. Biofilm growth also enables microorganisms to withstand chemical and biological stresses. Here, we review some current literature and document representative beneficial aspects of biofilms using examples from wastewater treatment, microbial fuel cells, biological repair (biocementation of stonework, and biofilm protection against Candida albicans infections. Finally, we address a chemical ecology strategy whereby desired microbial succession and beneficial biofilm formation can be encouraged via manipulation of culture conditions and bacterial signaling.

  12. Biofilm Infections

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    A still increasing interest and emphasis on the sessile bacterial lifestyle biofilms has been seen since it was realized that the vast majority of the total microbial biomass exists as biofilms. Aggregation of bacteria was first described by Leeuwenhoek in 1677, but only recently recognized as...... being important in chronic infection. In 1993 the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) recognized that the biofilm mode of growth was relevant to microbiology. This book covers both the evidence for biofilms in many chronic bacterial infections as well as the problems facing these infections such as...... diagnostics, pathogenesis, treatment regimes and in vitro and in vivo models for studying biofilms. This is the first scientific book on biofilm infections, chapters written by the world leading scientist and clinicians. The intended audience of this book is scientists, teachers at university level as well as...

  13. Biofilm Infections

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    Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Jensen, Peter Østrup; Moser, Claus Ernst; Høiby, Niels

    being important in chronic infection. In 1993 the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) recognized that the biofilm mode of growth was relevant to microbiology. This book covers both the evidence for biofilms in many chronic bacterial infections as well as the problems facing these infections such as......A still increasing interest and emphasis on the sessile bacterial lifestyle biofilms has been seen since it was realized that the vast majority of the total microbial biomass exists as biofilms. Aggregation of bacteria was first described by Leeuwenhoek in 1677, but only recently recognized as...... diagnostics, pathogenesis, treatment regimes and in vitro and in vivo models for studying biofilms. This is the first scientific book on biofilm infections, chapters written by the world leading scientist and clinicians. The intended audience of this book is scientists, teachers at university level as well as...

  14. Squaraine mit ausgedehnter Konjugation

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    Gerold, Jürgen

    2002-01-01

    Squaraine mit ausgedehnter Konjugation: Die vorliegende Arbeit ist in zwei Teilbereiche gegliedert, wobei der erste Teil die Synthese und Eigenschaftsuntersuchung symmetrischer und unsymmetrischer, stilbenoider Squaraine mit ausgedehnter Konjugation (DAD-Systeme) betrifft. Im zweiten Teil der Arbeit werden als Modellverbindungen für diese Squaraine Oligo(phenylenvinylen)e (OPVs) mit terminaler Donor-Acceptor-Substitution hergestellt.Es wurden drei unterschiedliche Klassen von konjugations...

  15. Medical Biofilms

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    Bryers, James D.

    2008-01-01

    For more than two decades, Biotechnology and Bioengineering has documented research focused on natural and engineered microbial biofilms within aquatic and subterranean ecosystems, wastewater and waste-gas treatment systems, marine vessels and structures, and industrial bioprocesses. Compared to suspended culture systems, intentionally engineered biofilms are heterogeneous reaction systems that can increase reactor productivity, system stability, and provide inherent cell: product separation....

  16. Salmonella biofilms

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    Castelijn, G.A.A.

    2013-01-01

    Biofilm formation by Salmonellaspp. is a problem in the food industry, since biofilms may act as a persistent source of product contamination. Therefore the aim of this study was to obtain more insight in the processes involved and the factors contributing to Salmonellabiofilm formation. A collectio

  17. Biofilm Development

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    Tolker-Nielsen, Tim

    2015-01-01

    , and not by specific genetic programs. It appears that biofilm formation can occur through multiple pathways and that the spatial structure of the biofilms is species dependent as well as dependent on environmental conditions. Bacterial subpopulations, e.g., motile and nonmotile subpopulations, can develop...

  18. Wound biofilms: lessons learned from oral biofilms

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    Mancl, Kimberly A.; Kirsner, Robert S.; Ajdic, Dragana

    2013-01-01

    Biofilms play an important role in the development and pathogenesis of many chronic infections. Oral biofilms, more commonly known as dental plaque,are a primary cause of oral diseases including caries, gingivitis and periodontitis. Oral biofilms are commonly studied as model biofilm systems as they are easily accessible, thus biofilm research in oral diseases is advanced with details of biofilm formation and bacterial interactions being well-elucidated. In contrast, wound research has relati...

  19. Eine Nische mit Zukunft?

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    Meili, Eric

    2011-01-01

    Die Wasserbüffel in der Schweiz sind im Kommen. Die ersten Büffel wurden 1996 von Schangnauer Bauern importiert. Nach anfänglichen Schwierigkeiten mit IBR konnte die Zucht nun stetig ausgebaut werden.

  20. MITS machine operations

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    This document contains procedures which apply to operations performed on individual P-1c machines in the Machine Interface Test System (MITS) at AiResearch Manufacturing Company's Torrance, California Facility

  1. Differentialtherapie mit Kalziumantagonisten

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    Dörffel Y

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Der antihypertensive Effekt der Kalziumantagonisten ist bei allen Altersgruppen und Rassen seit längerem erwiesen. Darüber hinaus sind verschiedene andere positive Wirkungen dokumentiert, wie z. B. die Verbesserung der Endothelfunktion, Reduktion der Atheroskleroseprogression in der A. carotis, Reduktion der linksventrikulären und der arteriolären Hypertrophie sowie eine Verbesserung der arteriellen Compliance. Kalziumantagonisten verschlechtern nicht den Lipid- oder Glukosestoffwechsel. Für den Einsatz in der Praxis ist die Kenntnis der Heterogenität der Substanzklasse mit sich daraus ableitenden Vor- und Nachteilen sowie unterschiedlichen Indikationen von großer Relevanz. Den Prototypen der Non-Dihydropyridine Verapamil (chem. Phenylalkylamin und Diltiazem (chem. Benzothiazepine steht die umfangreiche Substanzklasse der Dihydropyridine (DHP gegenüber. Zu den DHPs zählen neben dem Prototyp Nifedipin die neueren Substanzen wie Nitrendipin, Nisoldipin, Amlodipin, Felodipin, Lacidipin und Lercanidipin. DHPs sind in erster Linie Vasodilatatoren, die durch eine Reduktion des peripheren vaskulären Widerstandes den arteriellen Blutdruck senken. Insbesondere bei älteren Präparaten mit schnellem Wirkungseintritt, wie z. B. beim unretardierten Nifedipin, einem DHP der ersten Generation, kann eine autonome Gegenregulation ausgelöst werden. Bei den modernen DHPs mit längerer Wirkungsdauer und bei den Non-DHPs ist dieser Effekt bedeutend abgeschwächt oder gar nicht mehr nachweisbar. In mehreren prospektiven, randomisierten und placebokontrollierten Studien konnte bei Patienten mit isolierter systolischer Hypertonie eine Reduktion der Schlaganfallrate dokumentiert werden (Syst-Eur, Syst-China, signifikante Unterschiede bezüglich Mortalität und Morbidität ergaben sich im Vergleich mit anderen Antihypertensiva (Diuretika, Betablocker, ACE-Hemmer nicht (STOP-2, INSIGHT, NORDIL, ALLHAT, INVEST. In der meist erforderlichen antihypertensiven

  2. Bacterial biofilms. Bacteria Quorum sensing in biofilms

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    E. S. Vorobey

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Data on biofilms, their structure and properties, peculiarities of formation and interaction between microorganisms in the film are presented. Information on discovery and study of biofilms, importance of biofilms in the medical and clinical microbiology are offered. The data allow to interpret biofilm as a form of existence of human normal microflora. For the exchange of information within the biofilm between the individual cells of the same or different species bacteria use the signal molecules of the Quorum sensing system. Coordination of bacterial cells activity in the biofilms gives them significant advantages: in the biofilms bacteria are protected from the influence of the host protective factors and the antibacterial drugs.

  3. Bacterial biofilms. Bacteria Quorum sensing in biofilms

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    E. S. Vorobey; O. S. Voronkova; A. I. Vinnikov

    2012-01-01

    Data on biofilms, their structure and properties, peculiarities of formation and interaction between microorganisms in the film are presented. Information on discovery and study of biofilms, importance of biofilms in the medical and clinical microbiology are offered. The data allow to interpret biofilm as a form of existence of human normal microflora. For the exchange of information within the biofilm between the individual cells of the same or different species bacteria use the signal molec...

  4. Mit anderen Augen

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    Ydesen, Christian; Høberg, Per

    The article 'Mit anderen Augen' focuses on the debate about the state-church relationship in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Starting from the immediate assumption that a protestant church and a socialist, Marxist-Leninist state were irreconcilable in the construction of a new society the...

  5. Biofilm Matrix Proteins

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    Fong, Jiunn N. C.; Yildiz, Fitnat H.

    2015-01-01

    Proteinaceous components of the biofilm matrix include secreted extracellular proteins, cell surface adhesins and protein subunits of cell appendages such as flagella and pili. Biofilm matrix proteins play diverse roles in biofilm formation and dissolution. They are involved in attaching cells to surfaces, stabilizing the biofilm matrix via interactions with exopolysaccharide and nucleic acid components, developing three-dimensional biofilm architectures, and dissolving biofilm matrix via enz...

  6. Intubationsbedingungen mit Org 9487

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    Brandt, S

    2004-01-01

    Die Studie vergleicht die Intubationsbedingungen nach Applikation von Org 9487, einem neuen aminosteroidalen, nicht-depolarisierenden Muskelrelaxans, Succinylcholin und Placebo. 60 Patienten nahmen an der Doppel-Blind-Studie teil. Nach Einleitung der Narkose erfolgte eine Relaxation entweder mit 1,5 mg/kgKG Org 9487, 1 mg/kgKG Succinylcholin oder Placebo. Nach 60 Sekunden erfolgte die Intubation. Es wurde kein signifikanter Unterschied zwischen Intubationsbedingungen nach Succinylcholin und n...

  7. Marketing mit Facebook

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    Nufer, Gerd; Vogt, Maximilian

    2013-01-01

    Die Integration von Facebook in ein bestehendes Marketingkonzept avanciert zunehmend zum Erfolgsfaktor innovativer Unternehmen. Das Marketing mit diesem sozialen Netzwerk ist dabei nicht auf die Kommunikationspolitik determiniert, sondern bietet die Möglichkeit, einen nachhaltigen Mehrwert im gesamten Marketing-Mix zu generieren. Vor diesem Hintergrund stellt Facebook aktuell das meist eingesetzte Social Marketing Instrument in Deutschland dar. Im Kontrast zum steigenden Bewusstsein der Vorte...

  8. Aufsichtspflichtverletzung mit Folgen

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    George, Klaus

    2014-01-01

    Die Naturschutzgesetze selbst und eine Vielzahl der auf ihrer Grundlage erlassenen Verordnungen bestimmen Tatbestände ordnungswidrigen Handelns, die mit einer Geldbuße geahndet werden können. Leider ist es auch immer wieder erforderlich, Ordnungswidrigkeiten zu verfolgen und zu ahnden, da bekanntermaßen nicht allen Menschen die Ziele des Naturschutzes und das Wohl der Allgemeinheit am Herzen liegen, vielmehr Gedankenlosigkeit, Unkenntnis usw. ihr Handeln prägen (GEORGE 1998). Bei der Anwendun...

  9. Fraktionale Differentialgleichungen mit MAPLE

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    Blume, Dietmar

    2002-01-01

    Staatsexamensarbeit 2002. In der nachfolgenden Arbeit werde ich im zweiten Kapitel theoretisch fraktionale Ableitungen vorstellen, um dann im dritten Kapitel praktisch mit MAPLE fraktionale Ableitungen zu veranschaulichen. Genauso werde ich auch das Gebiet der fraktionalen Differentialgleichungen einführen, d.h. zuerst wird ein theoretischer Teil über Lösungsmethoden behandelt und darauf folgend ein praktischer Teil, in dem mittels MAPLE diverse Gleichungen gelöst werden. Das zweite Dokument ...

  10. Wissenschaftlerinnen mit Migrationshintergrund

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    2008-01-01

    'Angesichts der aktuellen Debatte zur Bildungsintegration von MigrantInnen sowie des parallel geführten Diskurses zum Erhalt der Innovations- und Konkurrenzfähigkeit des Wissenschaftsstandortes Deutschlands und der noch immer geringen Teilhabe von Wissenschaftlerinnen an hohen Positionen scheint dringend geboten, die Integration von Migrantinnen in wissenschaftliche Laufbahnen zu thematisieren. Der vorliegende Band greift diese Lücke auf verbunden mit der Hoffnung, innerhalb des Themenfeldes ...

  11. Organische Leuchtdioden mit Polymeranoden

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    Fehse, Karsten

    2008-01-01

    In organischen Leuchtdioden (OLEDs) werden üblicherweise anorganische Materialien wie Indium-Zinn-Oxid (ITO) als transparente leitfähige Anoden verwendet. ITO besitzt allerdings eine geringe Austrittsarbeit und kann deshalb Löcher nicht effizient in organische Materialien injizieren. Weiterhin ist ITO eine Quelle von Indium- und Sauerstoff-Ionen, die in die organischen Materialien diffundieren und dort mit der Organik reagieren bzw. als effiziente Exzitonenvernichter agieren. Eine mögliche Al...

  12. The Biofilm Challenge

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    Alhede, Maria; Alhede, Morten

    2014-01-01

    The concept of biofilms has emerged in the clinical setting during the last decade. Infections involving biofilms have been documented in all parts of the human body, and it is currently believed that the presence of biofilm-forming bacteria is equivalent to chronic infection. A quick Pubmed search...... reveals the significance of biofilms, as evidenced by a dramatic increase in scientific publications on the topic, as well as in publications concerning wounds with biofilms, which reached 600 publications in 2013. Judged from the number of publications, it appears that biofilms play a significant role in...... wounds. However, the impact of biofilms is often debated, because infected wounds were also treated before the concept of biofilms was coined. In this short review, we will address the significance of biofilms and their role in wounds, and discuss the future tasks of the biofilm challenge....

  13. Biophysics of biofilm infection.

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    Stewart, Philip S

    2014-04-01

    This article examines a likely basis of the tenacity of biofilm infections that has received relatively little attention: the resistance of biofilms to mechanical clearance. One way that a biofilm infection persists is by withstanding the flow of fluid or other mechanical forces that work to wash or sweep microorganisms out of the body. The fundamental criterion for mechanical persistence is that the biofilm failure strength exceeds the external applied stress. Mechanical failure of the biofilm and release of planktonic microbial cells is also important in vivo because it can result in dissemination of infection. The fundamental criterion for detachment and dissemination is that the applied stress exceeds the biofilm failure strength. The apparent contradiction for a biofilm to both persist and disseminate is resolved by recognizing that biofilm material properties are inherently heterogeneous. There are also mechanical aspects to the ways that infectious biofilms evade leukocyte phagocytosis. The possibility of alternative therapies for treating biofilm infections that work by reducing biofilm cohesion could (1) allow prevailing hydrodynamic shear to remove biofilm, (2) increase the efficacy of designed interventions for removing biofilms, (3) enable phagocytic engulfment of softened biofilm aggregates, and (4) improve phagocyte mobility and access to biofilm. PMID:24376149

  14. Ammoniakzersetzung mit salzmodifizierten Katalysatoren

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    Bajus, Stephanie

    2014-01-01

    Ziel dieser Arbeit war es, durch die Modifikation von Rutheniumkatalysatoren mit Salzen ein aktives System für die Ammoniakzersetzung zur Wasserstofffreisetzung zwischen 200 °C und 350 °C zu entwickeln. Die Modifikation sollte auf dem SCILL-Konzept aufbauen, bei dem in der ursprünglichen Variante eine ionische Flüssigkeit geträgert auf einem heterogenen Katalysator die katalytische Oberfläche modifizieren soll. Da ionische Flüssigkeiten nur bedingt thermisch stabil sind, sollte dieses Konzept...

  15. Biofilm Fixed Film Systems

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    Dipesh Das

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The work reviewed here was published between 2008 and 2010 and describes research that involved aerobic and anoxic biofilm treatment of water pollutants. Biofilm denitrification systems are covered when appropriate. References catalogued here are divided on the basis of fundamental research area or reactor types. Fundamental research into biofilms is presented in two sections, Biofilm Measurement and Characterization and Growth and Modeling. The reactor types covered are: trickling filters, rotating biological contactors, fluidized bed bioreactors, submerged bed biofilm reactors, biological granular activated carbon, membrane bioreactors, and immobilized cell reactors. Innovative reactors, not easily classified, are then presented, followed by a section on biofilms on sand, soil and sediment.

  16. Untersuchungen zum Vorkommen und molekularen Mechanismus der Biofilm-Bildung bei Enterokokken aus verschiedenen klinischen Bereichen

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    Schlüter, Susanne

    2009-01-01

    Im Rahmen der vorliegenden Arbeit wurde eine größere Anzahl an E. faecalis Isolaten aus Vaginalabstrichen, erstmals insbesondere von Patientinnen, die an Bakterieller Vaginose litten, untersucht und mit E. faecalis Stämme aus verschiedenen anderen klinischen Bereichen auf das Vorkommen von Virulenzfaktoren verglichen. Weiterhin wurden Korrelationen zwischen bestimmten Faktoren und der Menge an produziertem Biofilm erstellt, um mögliche Zusammenhänge zum Mechanismus der Biofilm-Bildung zu erfa...

  17. Biofilm Fixed Film Systems

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    Dipesh Das; Yung-Tse Hung; Charles Moretti; Hasibul Hasan; Harvey Gullicks

    2011-01-01

    The work reviewed here was published between 2008 and 2010 and describes research that involved aerobic and anoxic biofilm treatment of water pollutants. Biofilm denitrification systems are covered when appropriate. References catalogued here are divided on the basis of fundamental research area or reactor types. Fundamental research into biofilms is presented in two sections, Biofilm Measurement and Characterization and Growth and Modeling. The reactor types covered are: trickling filters, r...

  18. Rheology of biofilms

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    Winston, M.; Rupp, C.J.; Vinogradov, A.; Towler, B.W.; Adams, H; Stoodley, P

    2003-01-01

    The paper describes an experimental study concerning the mechanical properties of bacterial biofilms formed from the early dental plaque colonizer Streptoccocus mutans and pond water biofilms. Experiments reported in this paper demonstrate that both types of biofilms exhibit mechanical behavior similar to that of rheological fluids. The time-dependent properties of both biofilms have been modeled using the principles of viscoelasticity theory. The Burger model has been found to accurately re...

  19. Biophysics of Biofilm Infection

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    Stewart, Philip S.

    2014-01-01

    This article examines a likely basis of the tenacity of biofilm infections that has received relatively little attention: the resistance of biofilms to mechanical clearance. One way that a biofilm infection persists is by withstanding the flow of fluid or other mechanical forces that work to wash or sweep microorganisms out of the body. The fundamental criterion for mechanical persistence is that the biofilm failure strength exceeds the external applied stress. Mechanical failure of the biofi...

  20. Biofilms: A microbial home

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    Chandki, Rita; Banthia, Priyank; Banthia, Ruchi

    2011-01-01

    Microbial biofilms are mainly implicated in etiopathogenesis of caries and periodontal disease. Owing to its properties, these pose great challenges. Continuous and regular disruption of these biofilms is imperative for prevention and management of oral diseases. This essay provides a detailed insight into properties, mechanisms of etiopathogenesis, detection and removal of these microbial biofilms.

  1. Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm infections

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    Tolker-Nielsen, Tim

    2014-01-01

    use of conventional antimicrobial compounds in many cases cannot eradicate biofilms, there is an urgent need to develop alternative measures to combat biofilm infections. The present review is focussed on the important opportunistic pathogen and biofilm model organism Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Initially...

  2. Spillerum og mit eget rum

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    2014-01-01

    Undervisningsmaterialet Spillerum udviklet som APP til Ipad med interaktive muligheder. Spillerum som APP - et interaktivt undervisningsmateriale, hvor man ud over at bruge det originale materiale Spillerum elektronisk kan skabe sit eget billedbaserede rum "Mit eget rum" som udgangspunkt for dialog....

  3. MIT-CSR XIS Project

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    1998-01-01

    This report outlines the proposers' progress toward MIT's contribution to the X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer (XIS) experiment on the Japanese ASTRO-E mission. The report discusses electrical system design, mechanical system design, and ground support equipment.

  4. Die Last mit der Lust

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    Lutz Sauerteig

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Robert Jütte legt mit Lust ohne Last eine umfassende, allgemeinverständliche und spannend zu lesende Geschichte der Empfängnisverhütung von der Antike bis in die unmittelbare Gegenwart vor.

  5. Verbalsuffixe mit Liquida

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    Marina Zorman

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Der vorliegende Beitrag stellt eine Zusammenfassung bzw. vervollständigte Ver­ sion einiger Kapitel der Magisterarbeit der Autorin mit dem Titel Expressive Wort­ bildung beim Verb (Ältere, wahrscheinlich ererbte Kombinationen -V/C- + -r/l- - das Grundtypus -dr- - im Slowenischen dar. Die wesentlichen Erkenntnisse der Arbeit hinsichtlich der morphologischen und semantischen Gestalt derartiger Verben, ihrer dialektologischen Verbreitung und der Genese, Funktion und Austauschbarkeit dieser Suffixe sollen unter dem Titel "Ekspresivne glagolske pripone tipa -V/C + -r/l-" in den "Razprave XV II. razreda SAZU" (Dissertationes Classis II, XV. Ljubljana, Academia scientiarium et artium Slovenica (in Druck veröffentlicht werden, deshalb werden sie hier nur so weit aufgenommen, wie das für das Verständnis des behandelten Gegen­ stands unbedingt notwendig ist. Eingehender werden Fragen erortert, die im erwähnten Artikel nicht behandelt werden, die jedoch auch für andere Linguisten interessant sein könnten. So ist der vorliegende Beitrag in vier Teile gegliedert

  6. Mit Vielfalt punkten Jahresbericht 2010

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    Birrer, Simon; Balmer, Oliver; Chevillat, Véronique; Graf, Roman; Hagist, Dominik; Jahrl, Ingrid; Rudmann, Christine; Jenny, Markus; Pfiffner, Lukas

    2010-01-01

    Im zweiten Projektjahr „Mit Vielfalt punkten“ wurden wiederum auf 48 Betrieben Indikatoren für die Biodiversität in der Kulturlandschaft erhoben. Bei der Auswahl der Betriebe wurde 2010 vor allem darauf geachtet, dass die Bandbreite der Betriebe bezüglich Punktezahl vergrössert wurde. So wurden speziell Betriebe mit geringer oder sehr hoher Punktezahl ausgesucht. Die Feldaufnahmen erfolgten wiederum ohne wesentliche Probleme. Erste Auswertungen von den Aufnahmen 2009 und 2010 sind im Gang und...

  7. Rezidivmuster bei Kindern mit Medulloblastom

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    Blaßhofer, Sophia Katharina Charlotte

    2009-01-01

    Ziel der vorliegenden Arbeit ist es, das Rezidivmuster der Medulloblastome aufzuzeigen. Die Bedeutung prognostischer Faktoren, wie Therapie oder initiale Erkrankungsausdehnung soll im Zusammenhang mit dem Auftreten eines Rezidivs oder einer Progression näher untersucht werden. Es handelt sich um ein Patientenkollektiv von 40 Kindern mit einem Rezidiv eines Medulloblastoms. Die Patienten sind Teil des HIT 2000 Kollektivs, ein Patient war Teil der HIT ´91 Studie, 7 waren Beobachtungspatienten. ...

  8. Electrical spiking in bacterial biofilms

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    Masi, Elisa; Ciszak, Marzena; Santopolo, Luisa; Frascella, Arcangela; Giovannetti, Luciana; Marchi, Emmanuela; Viti, Carlo; Mancuso, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    In nature, biofilms are the most common form of bacterial growth. In biofilms, bacteria display coordinated behaviour to perform specific functions. Here, we investigated electrical signalling as a possible driver in biofilm sociobiology. Using a multi-electrode array system that enables high spatio-temporal resolution, we studied the electrical activity in two biofilm-forming strains and one non-biofilm-forming strain. The action potential rates monitored during biofilm-forming bacterial gro...

  9. Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm infections

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    Tolker-Nielsen, Tim

    2014-01-01

    Bacteria in natural, industrial and clinical settings predominantly live in biofilms, i.e., sessile structured microbial communities encased in self-produced extracellular matrix material. One of the most important characteristics of microbial biofilms is that the resident bacteria display a...... remarkable increased tolerance toward antimicrobial attack. Biofilms formed by opportunistic pathogenic bacteria are involved in devastating persistent medical device-associated infections, and chronic infections in individuals who are immune-compromised or otherwise impaired in the host defense. Because the...... use of conventional antimicrobial compounds in many cases cannot eradicate biofilms, there is an urgent need to develop alternative measures to combat biofilm infections. The present review is focussed on the important opportunistic pathogen and biofilm model organism Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Initially...

  10. Bacteriophages and Biofilms

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    Harper, David R; Helena M. R. T. Parracho; James Walker; Richard Sharp; Gavin Hughes; Maria Werthén; Susan Lehman; Sandra Morales

    2014-01-01

    Biofilms are an extremely common adaptation, allowing bacteria to colonize hostile environments. They present unique problems for antibiotics and biocides, both due to the nature of the extracellular matrix and to the presence within the biofilm of metabolically inactive persister cells. Such chemicals can be highly effective against planktonic bacterial cells, while being essentially ineffective against biofilms. By contrast, bacteriophages seem to have a greater ability to target this commo...

  11. Host Responses to Biofilm.

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    Watters, C; Fleming, D; Bishop, D; Rumbaugh, K P

    2016-01-01

    From birth to death the human host immune system interacts with bacterial cells. Biofilms are communities of microbes embedded in matrices composed of extracellular polymeric substance (EPS), and have been implicated in both the healthy microbiome and disease states. The immune system recognizes many different bacterial patterns, molecules, and antigens, but these components can be camouflaged in the biofilm mode of growth. Instead, immune cells come into contact with components of the EPS matrix, a diverse, hydrated mixture of extracellular DNA (bacterial and host), proteins, polysaccharides, and lipids. As bacterial cells transition from planktonic to biofilm-associated they produce small molecules, which can increase inflammation, induce cell death, and even cause necrosis. To survive, invading bacteria must overcome the epithelial barrier, host microbiome, complement, and a variety of leukocytes. If bacteria can evade these initial cell populations they have an increased chance at surviving and causing ongoing disease in the host. Planktonic cells are readily cleared, but biofilms reduce the effectiveness of both polymorphonuclear neutrophils and macrophages. In addition, in the presence of these cells, biofilm formation is actively enhanced, and components of host immune cells are assimilated into the EPS matrix. While pathogenic biofilms contribute to states of chronic inflammation, probiotic Lactobacillus biofilms cause a negligible immune response and, in states of inflammation, exhibit robust antiinflammatory properties. These probiotic biofilms colonize and protect the gut and vagina, and have been implicated in improved healing of damaged skin. Overall, biofilms stimulate a unique immune response that we are only beginning to understand. PMID:27571696

  12. MIT Space Engineering Research Center

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    Crawley, Edward F.; Miller, David W.

    1990-01-01

    The Space Engineering Research Center (SERC) at MIT, started in Jul. 1988, has completed two years of research. The Center is approaching the operational phase of its first testbed, is midway through the construction of a second testbed, and is in the design phase of a third. We presently have seven participating faculty, four participating staff members, ten graduate students, and numerous undergraduates. This report reviews the testbed programs, individual graduate research, other SERC activities not funded by the Center, interaction with non-MIT organizations, and SERC milestones. Published papers made possible by SERC funding are included at the end of the report.

  13. Google Books - Abzocken mit Rechtsbeistand

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    Gerhard Ruiss

    2010-01-01

    Wie sieht es eigentlich mit den Rechten bei "Google Books" aus? Vor rund einem Jahr wurden zum ersten Mal die Pläne von Google zur Veröffentlichung aller jemals erschienenen Bücher auf der Internetplattform "Google Book Search" bzw. mittlerweile "Google Bücher" auch außerhalb der USA bekannt. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt hielt man in den meisten anderen Ländern den Konflikt amerikanischer Autoren und Verlage mit dem US-Netzdienstleister "Google" über die Veröffentlichungsrechte für einen inner...

  14. Erfahrungen mit einem C-Pen

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    Ziegler, Christoph

    2002-01-01

    Gemeinsamer Workshop von Universitaetsrechenzentrum und Professur Rechnernetze und verteilte Systeme der Fakultaet fuer Informatik der TU Chemnitz. Der Vortrag beginnt mit der Vorstellung eines C-Pen. Erfahrungen mit der praktischen Anwendung eines solchen "Computer-Stiftes" bilden den Hauptteil.

  15. Hydraulic resistance of biofilms

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    Dreszer, C.

    2013-02-01

    Biofilms may interfere with membrane performance in at least three ways: (i) increase of the transmembrane pressure drop, (ii) increase of feed channel (feed-concentrate) pressure drop, and (iii) increase of transmembrane passage. Given the relevance of biofouling, it is surprising how few data exist about the hydraulic resistance of biofilms that may affect the transmembrane pressure drop and membrane passage. In this study, biofilms were generated in a lab scale cross flow microfiltration system at two fluxes (20 and 100Lm-2h-1) and constant cross flow (0.1ms-1). As a nutrient source, acetate was added (1.0mgL-1 acetate C) besides a control without nutrient supply. A microfiltration (MF) membrane was chosen because the MF membrane resistance is very low compared to the expected biofilm resistance and, thus, biofilm resistance can be determined accurately. Transmembrane pressure drop was monitored. As biofilm parameters, thickness, total cell number, TOC, and extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) were determined, it was demonstrated that no internal membrane fouling occurred and that the fouling layer actually consisted of a grown biofilm and was not a filter cake of accumulated bacterial cells. At 20Lm-2h-1 flux with a nutrient dosage of 1mgL-1 acetate C, the resistance after 4 days reached a value of 6×1012m-1. At 100Lm-2h-1 flux under the same conditions, the resistance was 5×1013m-1. No correlation of biofilm resistance to biofilm thickness was found; Biofilms with similar thickness could have different resistance depending on the applied flux. The cell number in biofilms was between 4×107 and 5×108 cellscm-2. At this number, bacterial cells make up less than a half percent of the overall biofilm volume and therefore did not hamper the water flow through the biofilm significantly. A flux of 100Lm-2h-1 with nutrient supply caused higher cell numbers, more biomass, and higher biofilm resistance than a flux of 20Lm-2h-1. However, the biofilm thickness

  16. Still-Schlepper - Flughafenvorfeldfahrzeug mit wasserstoffbetriebenem Brennstoffzellenantrieb

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    Brinner, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    Der Beitrag beschreibt einen neu entwickleten Gepäckschlepper der Fa. Still mit Elektroantrieb, bei dem als Energieversorgung eine modulares Brennstoffzellen-Hybridsystem mit Systemmodulen verschiedener Lizenznehmer des DLR eingesetzt wird. Das Brennstoffzellensystem wird mit Wasserstoff aus einem Hydridspeichersystem versorgt, dass wärmetechnisch mit dem Brensntoffzellen-Kühlsystem gekoppelt ist. Das Brennstoffzellensystem, Aufbau und Funktionsweise und die wärmetechnische Kopplung sind D...

  17. The AdMit Package

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    D. David (David); L.F. Hoogerheide (Lennart); H.K. van Dijk (Herman)

    2008-01-01

    textabstractThis short note presents the R package AdMit which provides flexible functions to approximate a certain target distribution and it provides an efficient sample of random draws from it, given only a kernel of the target density function. The estimation procedure is fully automatic and thu

  18. Game Design Workshops mit Schulklassen

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    Christoph Kaindel

    2015-01-01

    Im Oktober 2015 hat Christoph Kaindel gemeinsam mit Claudia Bayerl fünf Game Design Workshops in der wienXtra spielebox durchgeführt. Dabei haben Schulklassen der 3. bis 8. Schulstufe teilgenommen, die Gruppengrößen lagen zwischen 17 und 24. Der Projektleiter berichtet ...

  19. Game Design Workshops mit Schulklassen

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    Christoph Kaindel

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Im Oktober 2015 hat Christoph Kaindel gemeinsam mit Claudia Bayerl fünf Game Design Workshops in der wienXtra spielebox durchgeführt. Dabei haben Schulklassen der 3. bis 8. Schulstufe teilgenommen, die Gruppengrößen lagen zwischen 17 und 24. Der Projektleiter berichtet ...

  20. MIT January Operational Internship Experience

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    Bosanac, Natasha; DeVivero, Charlie; James, Jillian; Perez-Martinez, Carla; Pino, Wendy; Wang, Andrew; Willett, Ezekiel; Williams, Kwami

    2010-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation describes the MIT January Operational Internship Experience (JOIE) program. The topics include: 1) Landing and Recovery; 2) Transportation; 3) Shuttle Processing; 4) Constellation Processing; 5) External Tank; 6) Launch Pad; 7) Ground Operations; 8) Hypergolic Propellants; 9) Environmental; 10) Logistics; 11) Six Sigma; 12) Systems Engineering; and 13) Human Factors.

  1. Meningococcal biofilm formation

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    Lappann, M.; Haagensen, Janus Anders Juul; Claus, H.;

    2006-01-01

    We show that in a standardized in vitro flow system unencapsulated variants of genetically diverse lineages of Neisseria meningitidis formed biofilms, that could be maintained for more than 96 h. Biofilm cells were resistant to penicillin, but not to rifampin or ciprofloxacin. For some strains......, microcolony formation within biofilms was observed. Microcolony formation in strain MC58 depended on a functional copy of the pilE gene encoding the pilus subunit pilin, and was associated with twitching of cells. Nevertheless, unpiliated pilE mutants formed biofilms showing that attachment and accumulation...... PilX alleles was identified among genetically diverse meningococcal strains. PilX alleles differed in their propensity to support autoaggregation of cells in suspension, but not in their ability to support microcolony formation within biofilms in the continuous flow system....

  2. Repair - Beispiel: Mobile mit Halogenleuchten

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    Scheuer, Simon; Eich, Dieter

    2015-01-01

    Das RTeJournal möchte in seiner Rubrik:“ Repair“, Berichte aufnehmen, in denen die Reparatur oder der Ersatz von Bauteilen durch Additive Manufacturing (AM) Lösungen aufgenommen wird. Einmal als Anregung sich damit auseinander zu setzen und gleichzeitig auch als Dienstleistung beim Bedarf von Reparaturen. Es würde uns freuen, wenn Sie uns Beispiele mit einem kleinen Reparaturbericht zusenden könnten, die zum Einsatz von Additive Manufacturing führten. Email:

  3. Medical Wellness: Zukunftsmarkt mit Hindernissen

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    Dörpinghaus, Sandra

    2009-01-01

    In den letzten Jahren hat die steigende privat finanzierte Nachfrage nach Produkten und Dienstleistungen rund um die Themenfelder Gesundheit und Wohlfühlen einen regelrechten Wellnessboom ausgelöst. Zunehmend geht die Tendenz in Richtung der gezielten Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung. Daraus hat sich das Segment Medical Wellness gebildet, welches medizinische Leistungen mit Wohlfühlangeboten vereint. Medizinische Wellnessleistungen werden sowohl klassisch von Ärzten und Kliniken wie auch v...

  4. Relazione tecnica su DSpace (MIT)

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    De Robbio, Antonella

    2002-01-01

    This report presents Dspace that is a product realized in 2000 between Libraries of MIT (Massachussetts Institute Technology) and Hewlett-Packard Company relating to building a repository. It is able to support long-term memory, capturing and archiving of scholastic documents, realized from all MIT’s departments and free access by WWW, too. Furthermore, Dspace supports distribution and self-preservation of a different kinds of materials such as texts, videos, sounds, pictures, software and...

  5. MITS instrumentation error analysis report

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    The MITS (Machine Interface Test System) installation consists of three types of process monitoring and control instrumentation: flow, pressure, and temperature. An effort has been made to assess the various instruments used and assign a value to the accuracy that can be expected. Efforts were also made to analyze the calibration and installation procedures to be used and determine how these might effect the system accuracy

  6. Tragverhalten von Textilbeton mit Kurzfasern

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    Brameshuber, Wolfgang; Hinzen, Marcus

    2011-01-01

    Das Tragverhalten von Textilbeton kann durch den Einsatz von Kurzfasern erheblich verbessert werden. Untersuchungen zeigen eine Anhebung der Erstrisslast, ein dehnungsverfestigendes Verhalten, eine Verfeinerung des Rissbildes sowie eine Anhebung der maximalen Tragfähigkeit. Unklar sind bisher noch die genauen Mechanismen, die eine gezielte Einstellung des Tragverhaltens ermöglichen. Der Beitrag fasst die Untersuchungen zu den einzelnen Bereichen der Spannungs- ehnungslinie von Textilbeton mit...

  7. MitWirkung - Zukunft gestalten

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    Säck-da Silva, Sabine

    2009-01-01

    Die Diskussion in den Planungswissenschaften beschreibt den Paradigmenwechsel vom so genannten DEAD-Model (Decide-Announce-Defend) zum Tripple-D-Model (Dialogue-Decide-Deliver) und beschäftigt sich intensiv mit dem Thema Governance. Komplexe Planungsaufgaben brauchen eine Vielfalt an Lösungsideen unterschiedlicher gesellschaftlicher Gruppen. Planung verfolgt u. a. die Umsetzung der Ziele einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung, die die Einbeziehung der Öffentlichkeit (Zivilgesellschaft, Unternehmen un...

  8. Google Books - Abzocken mit Rechtsbeistand

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    Gerhard Ruiss

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Wie sieht es eigentlich mit den Rechten bei "Google Books" aus? Vor rund einem Jahr wurden zum ersten Mal die Pläne von Google zur Veröffentlichung aller jemals erschienenen Bücher auf der Internetplattform "Google Book Search" bzw. mittlerweile "Google Bücher" auch außerhalb der USA bekannt. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt hielt man in den meisten anderen Ländern den Konflikt amerikanischer Autoren und Verlage mit dem US-Netzdienstleister "Google" über die Veröffentlichungsrechte für einen inneramerikanischen Streit. Erst durch die gerichtliche Anordnung des mit der Streitbeilegung beschäftigten New Yorker Richters Denny Chin zur weltweiten Bekanntmachung der konkreten Pläne von Google im Februar 2009 zeigte sich das gesamte Ausmaß der Absichten Googles. Google hatte in einem gerichtlichen Vergleichsdokument ("Google Book Settlement", das von Chin genehmigt werden sollte, sämtliche im Buchhandel erhältliche und in Bibliotheken archivierte Buchtitel weltweit aufgelistet, um sie nach gerichtlicher Genehmigung im Volltext in seinem Büchersuchdienst abrufbar zu machen. Inklusive weiterer Veröffentlichungen und Verbreitungen der Bücher zu seinem Nutzen und Gewinn wie u.a. durch Downloads, Print-On-Demand-Ausgaben, E-Books, Datenbank-Einspeisungen u.v.a.m.

  9. Compaction and relaxation of biofilms

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    Valladares Linares, R.

    2015-06-18

    Operation of membrane systems for water treatment can be seriously hampered by biofouling. A better characterization of biofilms in membrane systems and their impact on membrane performance may help to develop effective biofouling control strategies. The objective of this study was to determine the occurrence, extent and timescale of biofilm compaction and relaxation (decompaction), caused by permeate flux variations. The impact of permeate flux changes on biofilm thickness, structure and stiffness was investigated in situ and non-destructively with optical coherence tomography using membrane fouling monitors operated at a constant crossflow velocity of 0.1 m s−1 with permeate production. The permeate flux was varied sequentially from 20 to 60 and back to 20 L m−2 h−1. The study showed that the average biofilm thickness on the membrane decreased after elevating the permeate flux from 20 to 60 L m−2 h−1 while the biofilm thickness increased again after restoring the original flux of 20 L m−2 h−1, indicating the occurrence of biofilm compaction and relaxation. Within a few seconds after the flux change, the biofilm thickness was changed and stabilized, biofilm compaction occurred faster than the relaxation after restoring the original permeate flux. The initial biofilm parameters were not fully reinstated: the biofilm thickness was reduced by 21%, biofilm stiffness had increased and the hydraulic biofilm resistance was elevated by 16%. Biofilm thickness was related to the hydraulic biofilm resistance. Membrane performance losses are related to the biofilm thickness, density and morphology, which are influenced by (variations in) hydraulic conditions. A (temporarily) permeate flux increase caused biofilm compaction, together with membrane performance losses. The impact of biofilms on membrane performance can be influenced (increased and reduced) by operational parameters. The article shows that a (temporary) pressure increase leads to more

  10. Studying bacterial multispecies biofilms

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    Røder, Henriette Lyng; Sørensen, Søren Johannes; Burmølle, Mette

    2016-01-01

    The high prevalence and significance of multispecies biofilms have now been demonstrated in various bacterial habitats with medical, industrial, and ecological relevance. It is highly evident that several species of bacteria coexist and interact in biofilms, which highlights the need for evaluating...... the approaches used to study these complex communities. This review focuses on the establishment of multispecies biofilms in vitro, interspecies interactions in microhabitats, and how to select communities for evaluation. Studies have used different experimental approaches; here we evaluate the...... benefits and drawbacks of varying the degree of complexity. This review aims to facilitate multispecies biofilm research in order to expand the current limited knowledge on interspecies interactions. Recent technological advances have enabled total diversity analysis of highly complex and diverse microbial...

  11. Interactions in multispecies biofilms

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    Burmølle, Mette; Ren, Dawei; Bjarnsholt, Thomas;

    2014-01-01

    The recent focus on complex bacterial communities has led to the recognition of interactions across species boundaries. This is particularly pronounced in multispecies biofilms, where synergistic interactions impact the bacterial distribution and overall biomass produced. Importantly, in a number...... of settings, the interactions in a multispecies biofilm affect its overall function, physiology, or surroundings, by resulting in enhanced resistance, virulence, or degradation of pollutants, which is of significant importance to human health and activities. The underlying mechanisms causing these...

  12. Biofilm dispersion in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Lee, Joon-Hee

    2016-02-01

    In recent decades, many researchers have written numerous articles about microbial biofilms. Biofilm is a complex community of microorganisms and an example of bacterial group behavior. Biofilm is usually considered a sessile mode of life derived from the attached growth of microbes to surfaces, and most biofilms are embedded in self-produced extracellular matrix composed of extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs), such as polysaccharides, extracellular DNAs (eDNA), and proteins. Dispersal, a mode of biofilm detachment indicates active mechanisms that cause individual cells to separate from the biofilm and return to planktonic life. Since biofilm cells are cemented and surrounded by EPSs, dispersal is not simple to do and many researchers are now paying more attention to this active detachment process. Unlike other modes of biofilm detachment such as erosion or sloughing, which are generally considered passive processes, dispersal occurs as a result of complex spatial differentiation and molecular events in biofilm cells in response to various environmental cues, and there are many biological reasons that force bacterial cells to disperse from the biofilms. In this review, we mainly focus on the spatial differentiation of biofilm that is a prerequisite for dispersal, as well as environmental cues and molecular events related to the biofilm dispersal. More specifically, we discuss the dispersal-related phenomena and mechanisms observed in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an important opportunistic human pathogen and representative model organism for biofilm study. PMID:26832663

  13. Vergleichende Untersuchungen zur Wasseraufbereitung mit getauchten Membranen

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    Seidel, Tosca

    2004-01-01

    Die vorliegende Ausgabe beschäftigt sich mit dem Thema vergleichende Untersuchungen zur Wasseraufbereitung mit getauchten Membranen. Es werden drei Verfahren zur Aufbereitung von Oberflächenwasser zu Trinkwasser unter technischen, ökonomischen und ökologischen Gesichtspunkten verglichen. Das Verfahren der Ultrafiltration mit getauchten Membranen wurde dazu für drei Monate in einem kleintechnischen Pilotversuch an der Aare, Schweiz, getestet und hinsichtlich der Filtrationsleistung unter Varia...

  14. Konzepte zur rekonstruktiven Bildgebung mit hochfrequentem Ultraschall

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    Opretzka, Jörn

    2011-01-01

    Diese Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit Verfahren, mit denen die Bildgebungseigenschaften hochfrequenter Ultraschall- Abbildungssysteme auf Basis sphärisch fokussierender Ultraschallwandler verbessert werden können. Bei der Technik des Limited Angle Spatial Compounding werden aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln aufgenommene Echosignale nach Demodulation überlagert. Mittels der neuartigen Fokussierungstechnik PBF-SAFT werden die Echosignale zunächst mit dem Ziel einer tiefenunabhängigen Auflö...

  15. Squaraine mit verlängerter Konjugation

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    Petermann, Ralf

    2001-01-01

    Diese Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit der Synthese und Untersuchung von stilbenyl- und styrylsubstituierten Squarainen.Als Squaraine bezeichnet man 1,3-disubstituierte Quadratsäurederivate. Symmetrische Squaraine werden durch Kondensation elektronenreicher Aromaten mit Quadratsäure erhalten. Die unsymmetrischen Squaraine erhält man durch Umsetzung von elektronenreichen Aromaten mit Semiquadratsäuren.Squaraine zeichnen sich durch ihre intensive Absorption im sichtbaren Bereich und im nahen IR aus....

  16. Transacylierungen mit Acylderivaten des 4-Pyridons

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    Effenberger, Franz; Bessey, Eberhard

    1980-01-01

    Mit N-Acyl-4-pyridonen (2a, b) sowie mit 4-(Benzoyloxy)pyridin (3a) werden in Methylenchlorid oder Chloroform aliphatische und aromatische Amine sowie Thiole glatt zu den Amiden (4 - 6) und Thioestern (7, 8) acyliert. Primäre und sekundäre Alkohole reagieren langsamer, tert-Butylalkohol nur noch mit 3a unter Basenkatalyse sowie mit den reaktiveren N-(Trihalogenacetyl)-4-pyridonen 3b, c zu den tert-Butylestern 12. N-Acetyl-4-pyridon (2a) besitzt ein deutlich höheres Acylierungspotential als N-...

  17. The MIT Stata Center dataset

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    Fallon, M; Johannsson, H.; Kaess, M.; Leonard, J. J.

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a large scale dataset of vision (stereo and RGB-D), laser and proprioceptive data collected over an extended duration by a Willow Garage PR2 robot in the 10 story MIT Stata Center. As of September 2012 the dataset comprises over 2.3 TB, 38 h and 42 km (the length of a marathon). The dataset is of particular interest to robotics and computer vision researchers interested in long-term autonomy. It is expected to be useful in a variety of research areas—robotic mapping (long-...

  18. Mit Vielfalt punkten Jahresbericht 2009

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    Birrer, Simon; Balmer, Oliver; Chevillat, Véronique; Fischer, Judith; Graf, Roman; Jenny, Markus; Pfiffner, Lukas; Rudmann, Christine

    2009-01-01

    Das erste Projektjahr „Mit Vielfalt punkten“ lief vielversprechend. Auf 48 Betrieben wurden die Biodiversität und sozio-ökonomische Werte erhoben. Die Hälfte aller Betriebsleiter erhielten eine gesamtbetriebliche Beratung, die andere Hälfte sind unsere Vergleichsbetriebe. Alle Methoden haben sich bewährt und führten zu keinen grösseren Problemen. Wie erwartet, fanden wir auf den 48 Betrieben zwar eine grosse Artenzahl, doch waren gefährdete und besondere Arten selten. Wir erwarten, dass diese...

  19. Biofilms and the food industry

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    Nathanon Trachoo

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available In the past, interest in biofilms was limited to research related to water distribution systems, waste water treatment and dental plaques. Biofilm has become a more popular research topic in many other areas in recent years including food safety. Biofilm formation can compromise the sanitation of food surfaces and environmental surfaces by spreading detached organisms to other areas of processing plants. Unfortunately, these detached organisms are not similar to normal microorganisms suspended in an aquatic environment but are more resistant to several stresses or microbial inactivation including some food preservation methods. Microstructures of biofilms as revealed by different types of microscopic techniques showed that biofilms are highly complex and consist of many symbiotic organisms, some of which are human pathogens. This article reviewed the process of biofilm formation, the significance of biofilms on food or food contact surfaces, their ability to protect foodborne pathogens from environmental stresses and recent methods for the study of biofilms on food contact surfaces.

  20. Biofilm development in membrane bioreactors

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    Savnik, Veronika

    2010-01-01

    Prevention of biofilm development and its removal has crucial meaning in membrane reactor. Biofilm causes pore blocking on membranes, which causes a drop in efficiency of mixed liquor filtration and consequently deteriorates the efficiency of whole membrane bioreactor. This thesis deals with factors that affect biofilm development in membrane bioreactors. Structure and growth of biofilm are presented from its initial attachment of individual particles, their parameters of adhesion, hydrodynam...

  1. Mucosal biofilms of Candida albicans

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    Ganguly, Shantanu; Mitchell, Aaron P.

    2011-01-01

    Biofilms are microbial communities that form on surfaces and are embedded in an extracellular matrix. C. albicans forms pathogenic mucosal biofilms that are evoked by changes in host immunity or mucosal ecology. Mucosal surfaces are inhabited by many microbial species; hence these biofilms are polymicrobial. Several recent studies have applied paradigms of biofilm analysis to study mucosal C. albicans infections. These studies reveal that the Bcr1 transcription factor is a master regulator of...

  2. Microalgal biofilms for wastewater treatment

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    Boelee, N.C.

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this thesis was to explore the possibilities of using microalgal biofilms for the treatment of municipal wastewater, with a focus on the post-treatment of municipal wastewater effluent. The potential of microalgal biofilms for wastewater treatment was first investigated using a scenario analysis. Then biofilms were grown on wastewater treatment plant effluent in horizontal flow cells under different nutrient loads to determine the maximum uptake capacity of the biofilms for N...

  3. Biofilm Cohesive Strength as a Basis for Biofilm Recalcitrance: Are Bacterial Biofilms Overdesigned?

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    Srijan Aggarwal; Philip S. Stewart; Hozalski, Raymond M.

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial biofilms are highly resistant to common antibacterial treatments, and several physiological explanations have been offered to explain the recalcitrant nature of bacterial biofilms. Herein, a biophysical aspect of biofilm recalcitrance is being reported on. While engineering structures are often overdesigned with a factor of safety (FOS) usually under 10, experimental measurements of biofilm cohesive strength suggest that the FOS is on the order of thousands. In other words, bacteria...

  4. Desinfektion mit hydrodynamischer Kavitation und Chlordioxid

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    Maslak, Dominik

    2010-01-01

    Die Kombination von hydrodynamisch erzeugter Kavitation mit Desinfektionsmitteln ist ein neuer Ansatz zur effektiveren Wasserentkeimung. Zur Erzeugung oszillierender Kavitationsblasen wurde ein neuer Kavitationsreaktor (Mikrogitter mit Nachlaufdüse) entwickelt und reaktionstechnisch charakterisiert. Gegenüber der üblich verwendeten Lochblende wird hiermit besonders der Energieeintrag reduziert. Es konnte am Beispiel des Bakteriums Escherichia coli gezeigt werden, dass bei Kombination von hydr...

  5. Biofilms in wounds

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    Cooper, R A; Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Alhede, M

    2014-01-01

    Following confirmation of the presence of biofilms in chronic wounds, the term biofilm became a buzzword within the wound healing community. For more than a century pathogens have been successfully isolated and identified from wound specimens using techniques that were devised in the nineteenth...... century by Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch. Although this approach still provides valuable information with which to help diagnose acute infections and to select appropriate antibiotic therapies, it is evident that those organisms isolated from clinical specimens with the conditions normally used in...... extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). Cells within such aggregations (or biofilms) display varying physiological and metabolic properties that are distinct from those of planktonic cells, and which contribute to their persistence. There are many factors that influence healing in wounds and the discovery of...

  6. Koronarbefunde bei Patienten mit Diabetes mellitus

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    Säly Ch

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Patienten mit Diabetes mellitus haben ein etwa 3fach erhöhtes Risiko für koronare Herzerkrankung, und die koronare Herzerkrankung hat bei diesen Patienten eine schlechtere Prognose. Die Ursachen dafür sind nicht vollständig klar, zahlreiche Studien belegen aber morphologische Besonderheiten der koronaren Atherosklerose beim Patienten mit Diabetes, die zu dessen schlechter Prognose beitragen. Während die klassische Lehrbuchmeinung einer diffusen, distal lokalisierten Atherosklerose der Koronargefäße beim Patienten mit Diabetes mellitus eher für den Patienten mit Typ-1-Diabetes zu gelten scheint, stehen bei der koronaren Herzkrankheit des Patienten mit Typ-2-Diabetes andere morphologische Charakteristika, z. B. ein Muster von multiplen Koronarstenosen, im Vordergrund.

  7. Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms

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    Alhede, Maria; Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Givskov, Michael;

    2014-01-01

    biofilms, which protect the aggregated, biopolymer-embedded bacteria from the detrimental actions of antibiotic treatments and host immunity. A key component in the protection against innate immunity is rhamnolipid, which is a quorum sensing (QS)-regulated virulence factor. QS is a cell-to-cell signaling...... mechanism used to coordinate expression of virulence and protection of aggregated biofilm cells. Rhamnolipids are known for their ability to cause hemolysis and have been shown to cause lysis of several cellular components of the human immune system, for example, macrophages and polymorphonuclear leukocytes...

  8. Manipulation of Biofilm Microbial Ecology

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    White, D.C.; Palmer, R.J., Jr.; Zinn, M.; Smith, C.A.; Burkhalter, R.; Macnaughton, S.J.; Whitaker, K.W.; Kirkegaard, R.D.

    1998-08-15

    The biofilm mode of growth provides such significant advantages to the members of the consortium that most organisms in important habitats are found in biofilms. The study of factors that allow manipulation of biofilm microbes in the biofilm growth state requires that reproducible biofilms be generated. The most effective monitoring of biofilm formation, succession and desaturation is with on-line monitoring of microbial biofilms with flowcell for direct observation. The biofilm growth state incorporates a second important factor, the heterogeneity in distribution in time and space of the component members of the biofilm consortium. This heterogeneity is reflected not only in the cellular distribution but in the metabolic activity within a population of cells. Activity and cellular distribution can be mapped in four dimensions with confocal microscopy, and function can be ascertained by genetically manipulated reporter functions for specific genes or by vital stains. The methodology for understanding the microbial ecology of biofilms is now much more readily available and the capacity to manipulate biofilms is becoming an important feature of biotechnology.

  9. Manipulatiaon of Biofilm Microbial Ecology

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    Burkhalter, R.; Macnaughton, S.J.; Palmer, R.J.; Smith, C.A.; Whitaker, K.W.; White, D.C.; Zinn, M.; kirkegaard, R.

    1998-08-09

    The Biofilm mode of growth provides such significant advantages to the members of the consortium that most organisms in important habitats are found in biofilms. The study of factors that allow manipulation of biofilm microbes in the biofilm growth state requires that reproducible biofilms by generated. The most effective monitoring of biofilm formation, succession and desquamation is with on-line monitoring of microbial biofilms with flowcell for direct observation. The biofilm growth state incorporates a second important factor, the heterogeneity in the distribution in time and space of the component members of the biofilm consortium. This heterogeneity is reflected not only in the cellular distribution but in the metabolic activity within a population of cells. Activity and cellular distribution can be mapped in four dimensions with confocal microscopy, and function can be ascertained by genetically manipulated reporter functions for specific genes or by vital stains. The methodology for understanding the microbial ecology of biofilms is now much more readily available and the capacity to manipulate biofilms is becoming an important feature of biotechnology.

  10. Positive Werkzeuge mit hohem IQ

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    Luik, Matthias

    Fräsen ist ein Verfahren, auf welches im modernen Produktionsprozess nicht verzichtet werden kann. Dabei stellt die zunehmende Komplexität der zu fertigenden Bauteile ganz neue Herausforderungen an ein Werkzeug. Konnten früher Bauteile nur mit hohem Aufwand durch Erodieren oder Außenräumen hergestellt werden, müssen heute bereits Fräswerkzeuge für solche Bearbeitungsaufgaben aus Zeitund Kostengründen eingesetzt werden. Dies führt dazu, dass viele Bauteile heute in einer Aufspannung bearbeitbar sind, welche früher nur durch mehrmaliges Umspannen erzeugt werden konnten. Um Bearbeitungszeiten und -kosten dabei gering zu halten, müssen aber dennoch universelle Werkzeuge eingesetzt werden, welche für verschiedenste Bearbeitungsaufgaben ausgelegt sind.

  11. Biofilm in endodontics: A review

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    Jhajharia, Kapil; Parolia, Abhishek; Shetty, K Vikram; Mehta, Lata Kiran

    2015-01-01

    Endodontic disease is a biofilm-mediated infection, and primary aim in the management of endodontic disease is the elimination of bacterial biofilm from the root canal system. The most common endodontic infection is caused by the surface-associated growth of microorganisms. It is important to apply the biofilm concept to endodontic microbiology to understand the pathogenic potential of the root canal microbiota as well as to form the basis for new approaches for disinfection. It is foremost to understand how the biofilm formed by root canal bacteria resists endodontic treatment measures. Bacterial etiology has been confirmed for common oral diseases such as caries and periodontal and endodontic infections. Bacteria causing these diseases are organized in biofilm structures, which are complex microbial communities composed of a great variety of bacteria with different ecological requirements and pathogenic potential. The biofilm community not only gives bacteria effective protection against the host's defense system but also makes them more resistant to a variety of disinfecting agents used as oral hygiene products or in the treatment of infections. Successful treatment of these diseases depends on biofilm removal as well as effective killing of biofilm bacteria. So, the fundamental to maintain oral health and prevent dental caries, gingivitis, and periodontitis is to control the oral biofilms. From these aspects, the formation of biofilms carries particular clinical significance because not only host defense mechanisms but also therapeutic efforts including chemical and mechanical antimicrobial treatment measures have the most difficult task of dealing with organisms that are gathered in a biofilm. The aim of this article was to review the mechanisms of biofilms’ formation, their roles in pulpal and periapical pathosis, the different types of biofilms, the factors influencing biofilm formation, the mechanisms of their antimicrobial resistance, techniques to

  12. The Root Canal Biofilm

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    Sluis, van der L.W.M.; Boutsioukis, C.; Jiang, L.M.; Macedo, R.; Verhaagen, B.; Versluis, M.; Chávez de Paz, E.; Sedgley, C.M.; Kishen, A.

    2015-01-01

    The aims of root canal irrigation are the chemical dissolution or disruption and the mechanical detachment of pulp tissue, dentin debris and smear layer (instrumentation products), microorganisms (planktonic or biofilm), and their products from the root canal wall, their removal out of the root cana

  13. Kinderwunschbehandlung mit SERMs und Aromatasehemmern bei Frauen

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    Bals-Pratsch M

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Selektive Östrogenrezeptormodulatoren (SERMs und Aromatasehemmer (AI werden hauptsächlich in der Behandlung des Mammakarzinoms eingesetzt. Beide Wirkstoffe werden aber auch in der Kinderwunschbehandlung angewendet, wobei nur der SERM Clomifen als Ovulationsauslöser zugelassen ist. Allerdings betragen die Schwangerschaftsraten nach Clomifenstimulation selbst für junge Frauen 35 Jahre maximal 10 %. Häufig kommt es durch die antiöstrogene Wirkung von Clomifen zu einem eingeschränkten Zervix- und Endometriumfaktor und das Risiko von Polyovulationen mit anschließenden Mehrlingsschwangerschaften ist bekannt. Seit einigen Jahren werden AI bei zyklischen und anovulatorischen Frauen zur Ovarstimulation getestet. Eine Zulassung zur Ovulationsinduktion (OI besteht jedoch nicht. Randomisierte kontrollierte Studien mit hohen Fallzahlen fehlen. Weder bei der Schleimhauthöhe noch in den Schwangerschaftsraten scheinen AI wie Letrozol gegenüber einer Stimulation mit SERMs Vorteile zu bringen. Auch unter AI werden höhergradige Mehrlingsschwangerschaften beobachtet. Allerdings ist der Östradiolwert bei der Stimulation mit AI signifikant niedriger als bei SERMs. AI können auch erfolgreich zur Senkung des Risikos für ein ovarielles Hyperstimulationssyndrom (OHSS nach Gonadotropinstimulation eingesetzt werden, da hohe Östrogen- und Progesteronspiegel effektiv gesenkt werden. Onkologen bevorzugen SERMs und AI für die Stimulation bei Patientinnen mit hormonabhängigen Tumoren im Rahmen der Fertilitätsprotektion. Es ist aber nicht erwiesen, dass diese Wirkstoffe für die Prognose der Tumorerkrankung einen Vorteil bringen, wenn man sie an der Standardtherapie mit Gonadotropinen misst. Zusammenfassend kann festgestellt werden, dass verglichen mit der Gonadotropinstimulation die Schwangerschaftsraten nach Ovulationsinduktion mit SERMs wie auch mit AI enttäuschend niedrig sind. Dies gilt sowohl für die alleinige OI wie auch für die OI im Rahmen der

  14. Schockwellensynthese und Charakterisierung von Aluminiumnitrid mit Kochsalzstruktur

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    Keller, Kevin

    2014-01-01

    Die vorliegende Arbeit beschreibt die Ergebnisse der Synthese und Charakterisierung der Hochdruckphase von Aluminiumnitrid mit Kochsalzstruktur (rs-AlN). Die Versuche wurden mittels Schockwellensynthese unter Verwendung der „flyer-plate-Methode“ mit anschließender Probenrückgewinnung durchgeführt. Für verschiedene Aluminiumnitridpulver mit einer Ausgangsporosität k = rho_solid/rho_porous von 1,5 bis 2,5 wurde bei einem Druck von 15 bis 43 GPa die Phasenumwandlung von der Wurtzitstruktur (w-A...

  15. Penetration of Candida Biofilms by Antifungal Agents

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    Al-Fattani, Mohammed A.; Douglas, L. Julia

    2004-01-01

    A filter disk assay was used to investigate the penetration of antifungal agents through biofilms containing single and mixed-species biofilms containing Candida. Fluconazole permeated all single-species Candida biofilms more rapidly than flucytosine. The rates of diffusion of either drug through biofilms of three strains of Candida albicans were similar. However, the rates of drug diffusion through biofilms of C. glabrata or C. krusei were faster than those through biofilms of C. parapsilosi...

  16. Silver against Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

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    Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Kirketerp-Møller, K.; Kristiansen, S.;

    2007-01-01

    bacteria in both the planktonic and biofilm modes of growth. The action of silver on mature in vitro biofilms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a primary pathogen of chronic infected wounds, was investigated. The results show that silver is very effective against mature biofilms of P. aeruginosa, but that the...... silver concentration is important. A concentration of 5-10 ig/mL silver sulfadiazine eradicated the biofilm whereas a lower concentration (1 ig/mL) had no effect. The bactericidal concentration of silver required to eradicate the bacterial biofilm was 10-100 times higher than that used to eradicate...... planktonic bacteria. These observations strongly indicate that the concentration of silver in currently available wound dressings is much too low for treatment of chronic biofilm wounds. It is suggested that clinicians and manufacturers of the said wound dressings consider whether they are treating wounds...

  17. Biofilms: a developing microscopic community

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    Rivera Sandra Patricia

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Biofilms are microbial communities composed by different microbiota embebbed in a special adaptive environment. These communities show different characteristics such as heterogeneity, diversity in microenvironments, capacity to resist antimicrobial therapy and ability to allow bacterial communication. These characteristics convert them in complex organizations that are difficult to eradicate in their own environment. In the man, biofilms are associated to a great number of slow-development infectious processes which greatly difficulties their eradication. In the industry and environment, biofilms are centered in processes known as biofouling and bioremediation. The former is the contamination of a system due to the microbial activity of a biofilm. The latter uses biofilms to improve the conditions of a contaminated system. The study of biofilms is a new and exciting field which is constantly evolving and whose implications in medicine and industry would have important repercussions for the humankind.

  18. Antibiotic resistance of bacterial biofilms

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    Hoiby, N.; Bjarnsholt, T.; Givskov, M.;

    2010-01-01

    A biofilm is a structured consortium of bacteria embedded in a self-produced polymer matrix consisting of polysaccharide, protein and DNA. Bacterial biofilms cause chronic infections because they show increased tolerance to antibiotics and disinfectant chemicals as well as resisting phagocytosis...... to antibiotics. Biofilm growth is associated with an increased level of mutations as well as with quorum-sensing-regulated mechanisms. Conventional resistance mechanisms such as chromosomal beta-lactamase, upregulated efflux pumps and mutations in antibiotic target molecules in bacteria also contribute...... to the survival of biofilms. Biofilms can be prevented by early aggressive antibiotic prophylaxis or therapy and they can be treated by chronic suppressive therapy. A promising strategy may be the use of enzymes that can dissolve the biofilm matrix (e.g. DNase and alginate lyase) as well as quorum...

  19. Biofilm Formation by Cryptococcus neoformans.

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    Martinez, Luis R; Casadevall, Arturo

    2015-06-01

    The fungus Cryptococcus neoformans possesses a polysaccharide capsule and can form biofilms on medical devices. The increasing use of ventriculoperitoneal shunts to manage intracranial hypertension associated with cryptococcal meningoencephalitis highlights the importance of investigating the biofilm-forming properties of this organism. Like other microbe-forming biofilms, C. neoformans biofilms are resistant to antimicrobial agents and host defense mechanisms, causing significant morbidity and mortality. This chapter discusses the recent advances in the understanding of cryptococcal biofilms, including the role of its polysaccharide capsule in adherence, gene expression, and quorum sensing in biofilm formation. We describe novel strategies for the prevention or eradication of cryptococcal colonization of medical prosthetic devices. Finally, we provide fresh thoughts on the diverse but interesting directions of research in this field that may result in new insights into C. neoformans biology. PMID:26185073

  20. Transmissionselektronenmikroskopie mit elektrostatischen Zach-Phasenplatten

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    Hettler, Simon Josef

    2015-01-01

    Elektrostatische Zach-Phasenplatten (PP) erlauben die Kontrastverstärkung von transparenten Objekten in der Transmissionselektronenmikroskopie. In der vorliegenden Arbeit wurde die Herstellung von Zach-PP optimiert und deren Auswirkung auf die Bildentstehung durch Simulationen und Experimente mit verschiedenen Proben analysiert. Die Möglichkeit der Verwendung einer Zach-PP in der Hochauflösung, der Objektwellenrekonstruktion und in Verbindung mit inelastischer Streuung wird aufgezeigt.

  1. Lernen sinojapanischer Schriftzeichen mit Bildern und Animationen

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    Soemer, Alexander

    2010-01-01

    In dieser Arbeit werden zwei visuell-mnemonische Methoden für das Paarassoziationslernen sinojapanischer Schriftzeichen (Kanji) und deren Bedeutungen vorgestellt. Die erste Methode ist das Lernen mit Bildern, welche die Bedeutung eines Schriftzeichens darstellen und dessen Elemente den Strichen des Schriftzeichens ähneln. Die zweite Methode ist das Lernen mit Animationen, welche eine Formtransformation zwischen denselben Bildern und den entsprechenden Schriftzeichen darstellen. Die beiden Met...

  2. Hamlet er manden i mit liv

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    Rösing, Lilian Munk

    2009-01-01

    Hamlet er manden i mit liv. Min elskede. Jeg har en drøm om at frelse ham. At redde ham ud af sin mors soveværelse og ind i mit. Væk fra det ødipale Helvede han befinder sig i, fastlåst mellem et svin af en faderskikkelse (Claudius) og en alt for idealiseret far (gamle Hamlet), vågende over sin m...

  3. Untersuchung der auditiven Lokalisation mit einer Lichtzeigermethode

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    Seeber, Bernhard

    2007-01-01

    Die Dissertation stellt eine neue Methode zur Untersuchung der auditiven Lokalisation vor, die sich durch eine hohe Genauigkeit und geringe methodische Einflüsse auszeichnet. Dabei wird ein Lichtzeiger rechnergesteuert mit Hilfe eines Trackballs auf die wahrgenommene Schallrichtung eingestellt. Mit Hilfe dieser Methode wird ein Verfahren zur individuell-optimalen Auswahl einer Außenohrübertragungsfunktion (AOÜF) aus mehreren fremden für Anwendungen der virtuellen Akustik entwickelt. Für die H...

  4. Regionale Dentinhaftung von Kompositrestaurationen mit unterschiedlichen Polymerisationskonzepten

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    Piltz, Carmen

    2013-01-01

    1.1.1 Hintergrund und Ziele Die Polymerisationsschrumpfung Methacrylat-basierter Komposite stellt bis zum heutigen Zeitpunkt ein bisher noch ungelöstes Problem in der modernen Zahnheilkunde dar. Insuffiziente Dentinhaftwerte mit konsekutiven postoperativen Hypersensitivitäten treiben die Dentalfirmen zur Perfektionierung dieses gefragten Füllungsmaterials an. Eine neue Kunststoffklasse (Silorane) mit der Strategie ringöffnender Monomerstrukturen während des Lichthärtens propagiert eine Min...

  5. Ätzen von Titannitrid mit Halogenverbindungen

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    Hellriegel, Ronald

    2009-01-01

    Mit zunehmender Miniaturisierung mikroelektronischer Bauelemente steigen die Anforderungen an reproduzierbare qualitätskonforme Schichten. Um die zur Herstellung notwendigen ALD/PVD/CVD-Schichtabscheideanlagen in einen zuverlässigen Zustand zu versetzen, ist eine regelmäßige Kammerreinigung notwendig. Während des Abscheideprozesses werden nicht nur das Substrat, sondern auch die umliegenden Kammerteile beschichtet. Diese Schichten wachsen mit jedem Beschichtungszyklus weiter an. Der Stres...

  6. MIT research reactor. Power uprate and utilization

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    The MIT Research Reactor (MITR) is a university research reactor located on MIT campus. and has a long history in supporting research and education. Recent accomplishments include a 20% power rate to 6 MW and expanding advanced materials fuel testing program. Another important ongoing initiative is the conversion to high density low enrichment uranium (LEU) monolithic U-Mo fuel, which will consist of a new fuel element design and power increase to 7 MW. (author)

  7. Photovoltaik Hybrid-Solarzellen mit Nanopartikeln

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    Leute, Angelika

    2004-09-01

    Die organische Photovoltaik auf der Basis halbleitender Polymere bietet eine kostengünstige Alternative zu Solarzellen aus Silizium. Allerdings weisen die organischen Materialien relativ schlechte Ladungstransporteigenschaften auf. Hybrid-Solarzellen, in denen Polymere mit geeigneten anorganischen Halbleitern kombiniert sind, besitzen einerseits die praktischen Vorteile der Organik und andererseits die hohe Elektronenbeweglichkeit der anorganischen Materialien. Wissenschaftler der Technischen Universität Eindhoven haben kürzlich Hybrid-Solarzellen vorgestellt, die aus einem halbleitenden Polymer mit Zinkoxid-Nanopartikeln bestehen.

  8. Liquid Flow in Biofilm Systems

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    Stoodley, Paul; deBeer, Dirk; Lewandowski, Zbigniew

    1994-01-01

    A model biofilm consisting of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas fluorescens, and Klebsiella pneumoniae was developed to study the relationships between structural heterogeneity and hydrodynamics. Local fluid velocity in the biofilm system was measured by a noninvasive method of particle image velocimetry, using confocal scanning laser microscopy. Velocity profiles were measured in conduit and porous medium reactors in the presence and absence of biofilm. Liquid flow was observed within biof...

  9. Biofilm formation and microbial corrosion

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    Goldstein, R.; Porcella, D.

    1992-07-01

    Biofilms-colonies of microorganisms growing on surfaces - can greatly accelerate the corrosion rates of metals and alloys in utility water systems. Fundamental EPRI research is showing how mechanisms of biofilm formation, interactions between bacterial species, and metabolic activities control such biofilm properties as corrosive potential This research is identifying methods to control biofilm development and prevent microbially influenced corrosion. The results should also apply to the control of other processes involving biological consortia, including the bioremediation of contaminated groundwater and soil and the biodesulfurization of coal.

  10. Understanding Biofilms in Chronic Sinusitis.

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    Tajudeen, Bobby A; Schwartz, Joseph S; Palmer, James N

    2016-02-01

    Chronic sinusitis is a burdensome disease that has substantial individual and societal impact. Although great advances in medical and surgical therapies have been made, some patients continue to have recalcitrant infections. Microbial biofilms have been implicated as a cause of recalcitrant chronic sinusitis, and recent studies have tried to better understand the pathogenesis of chronic sinusitis as it relates to microbial biofilms. Here, we provide an overview of biofilms in chronic sinusitis with emphasis on pathogenesis, treatment, and future directions. In addition, recent evidence is presented, elucidating the role of bitter taste receptors as a possible key factor leading to biofilm formation. PMID:26758863

  11. Biofilm and Dental Biomaterials

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    Marit Øilo; Vidar Bakken

    2015-01-01

    All treatment involving the use of biomaterials in the body can affect the host in positive or negative ways. The microbiological environment in the oral cavity is affected by the composition and shape of the biomaterials used for oral restorations. This may impair the patients’ oral health and sometimes their general health as well. Many factors determine the composition of the microbiota and the formation of biofilm in relation to biomaterials such as, surface roughness, surface energy and ...

  12. Microalgal biofilms for wastewater treatment

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    Boelee, N.C.

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this thesis was to explore the possibilities of using microalgal biofilms for the treatment of municipal wastewater, with a focus on the post-treatment of municipal wastewater effluent. The potential of microalgal biofilms for wastewater treatment was first investigated using a scen

  13. Experimental evolution in biofilm populations.

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    Steenackers, Hans P; Parijs, Ilse; Foster, Kevin R; Vanderleyden, Jozef

    2016-05-01

    Biofilms are a major form of microbial life in which cells form dense surface associated communities that can persist for many generations. The long-life of biofilm communities means that they can be strongly shaped by evolutionary processes. Here, we review the experimental study of evolution in biofilm communities. We first provide an overview of the different experimental models used to study biofilm evolution and their associated advantages and disadvantages. We then illustrate the vast amount of diversification observed during biofilm evolution, and we discuss (i) potential ecological and evolutionary processes behind the observed diversification, (ii) recent insights into the genetics of adaptive diversification, (iii) the striking degree of parallelism between evolution experiments and real-life biofilms and (iv) potential consequences of diversification. In the second part, we discuss the insights provided by evolution experiments in how biofilm growth and structure can promote cooperative phenotypes. Overall, our analysis points to an important role of biofilm diversification and cooperation in bacterial survival and productivity. Deeper understanding of both processes is of key importance to design improved antimicrobial strategies and diagnostic techniques. PMID:26895713

  14. Bacterial interactions in dental biofilm.

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    Huang, Ruijie; Li, Mingyun; Gregory, Richard L

    2011-01-01

    Biofilms are masses of microorganisms that bind to and multiply on a solid surface, typically with a fluid bathing the microbes. The microorganisms that are not attached but are free floating in an aqueous environment are termed planktonic cells. Traditionally, microbiology research has addressed results from planktonic bacterial cells. However, many recent studies have indicated that biofilms are the preferred form of growth of most microbes and particularly those of a pathogenic nature. Biofilms on animal hosts have significantly increased resistance to various antimicrobials compared to planktonic cells. These microbial communities form microcolonies that interact with each other using very sophisticated communication methods (i.e., quorum-sensing). The development of unique microbiological tools to detect and assess the various biofilms around us is a tremendously important focus of research in many laboratories. In the present review, we discuss the major biofilm mechanisms and the interactions among oral bacteria. PMID:21778817

  15. Antibiotic tolerance and microbial biofilms

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    Folkesson, Anders

    Increased tolerance to antimicrobial agents is thought to be an important feature of microbes growing in biofilms. We study the dynamics of antibiotic action within hydrodynamic flow chamber biofilms of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa using isogenic mutants and fluorescent gene...... expression reporters and we address the question of how biofilm organization affects antibiotic susceptibility. The dynamics of microbial killing is monitored by viable count determination, and confocal laser microscopy. Our work shows that the apparent increased antibiotic tolerance is due to the formation...... of antibiotic tolerant subpopulations within the biofilm. The formation of these subpopulations is highly variable and dependent on the antibiotic used, the biofilm structural organization and the induction of specific tolerance mechanisms....

  16. Biofilm formation on abiotic surfaces

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    Tang, Lone

    2011-01-01

    Bacteria can attach to any surface in contact with water and proliferate into complex communities enclosed in an adhesive matrix, these communities are called biofilms. The matrix makes the biofilm difficult to remove by physical means, and bacteria in biofilm can survive treatment with many...... antibiotics, disinfectants and cleaning agents. Biofilms are therefore very difficult to eradicate, and an attractive approach to limit biofilm formation is to reduce bacterial adhesion. In this thesis it was shown that lowering the surface roughness had a greater effect on bacterial retention compared to...... changing the surface hydrophobicity. The influence of surface topography in the <100 nanometer range was less clear and its effect on bacterial retention depended on the strain used in the experiment. Extracellular DNA (eDNA) is an the ubiquitous biomolecule of great importance for bacterial adhesion. The...

  17. Oral Biofilm Architecture on Natural Teeth

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    Zijnge, Vincent; van Leeuwen, M. Barbara M.; Degener, John E.; Abbas, Frank; Thurnheer, Thomas; Gmuer, Rudolf; Harmsen, Hermie J. M.; Jonsson, Ing-Marie; Juuti, Jarmo T.; François, Patrice; AlMajidi, Rana; Pietiäinen, Milla; Girard, Myriam; Lindholm, Catharina; Saller, Manfred J.; Driessen, Arnold J.M.; Kuusela, Pentti; Bokarewa, Maria; Schrenzel, Jacques; Kontinen, Vesa P.; Neyrolles, Olivier

    2010-01-01

    Periodontitis and caries are infectious diseases of the oral cavity in which oral biofilms play a causative role. Moreover, oral biofilms are widely studied as model systems for bacterial adhesion, biofilm development, and biofilm resistance to antibiotics, due to their widespread presence and acces

  18. Impact of Hydrodynamics on Oral Biofilm Strength

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    Paramonova, E.; Kalmykowa, O. J.; van der Mei, H. C.; Busscher, H. J.; Sharma, P. K.

    2009-01-01

    Mechanical removal of oral biofilms is ubiquitously accepted as the best way to prevent caries and periodontal diseases. Removal effectiveness strongly depends on biofilm strength. To investigate the influence of hydrodynamics on oral biofilm strength, we grew single- and multi-species biofilms of S

  19. Bacterial biofilms: prokaryotic adventures in multicellularity

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    Webb, J.S.; Givskov, Michael Christian; Kjelleberg, S.

    2003-01-01

    The development of bacterial biofilms includes both the initial social behavior of undifferentiated cells, as well as cell death and differentiation in the mature biofilm, and displays several striking similarities with higher organisms. Recent advances in the field provide new insight into...... differentiation and cell death events in bacterial biofilm development and propose that biofilms have an unexpected level of multicellularity....

  20. Oral biofilm models for mechanical plaque removal

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    Verkaik, Martinus J.; Busscher, Henk J.; Rustema-Abbing, Minie; Slomp, Anje M.; Abbas, Frank; van der Mei, Henny C.

    2010-01-01

    In vitro plaque removal studies require biofilm models that resemble in vivo dental plaque. Here, we compare contact and non-contact removal of single and dual-species biofilms as well as of biofilms grown from human whole saliva in vitro using different biofilm models. Bacteria were adhered to a sa

  1. Modern Technologies of Bacterial Biofilm Study

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    Chebotar I.V.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the investigation was to estimate the availability of new biomedical technologies to identify bacterial biofilms and evaluate them on a staphylococcal biofilm model. Materials and Methods. We studied staphylococcal biofilms by mass spectrometry, laser scanning (confocal microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, enzymatic and oxidative destruction of extracellular biofilm matrix. Results. We demonstrated the capabilities of new biomedical technologies in identification of generic specificity of biofilm-forming staphylococcus, and in detection of the necessary characteristics of staphylococcal biofilm. Mass spectrometry enabled to identify the type of biofilm-forming staphylococcus (Staphylococcus aureus. Microscopic study using laser scanning confocal microscopic technique revealed 3-demensional organization typical of S. aureus biofilms. Scanning electron microscopy enabled to visualize the structures of extracellular S. aureus biofilm matrix. The extracellular matrix of the test biofilm was found to be formed of DNA-protein complexes.

  2. MIT 12 Tesla Coil test results

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    Test results from the MIT 12 Tesla Coil experiment are presented. The coil was tested in the High Field Test Facility (HFTF) of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in October 1984 and January 1985. The experiment measured the performance of an Internally Cooled, Cabled Superconductor (ICCS) of practical size, intended for use in magnetic fusion experiments. The MIT coil carried 15 kA at 11 T for 5 min with no sign of instability. A half turn length in a 10 T field was able to absorb a heat load in 4 msec of more than 200 mJ/cm3 of cable volume while carrying a current of 12 kA. The MIT coil successfully met the performance requirements of the Department of Energy's 12 Tesla Coil Program

  3. Growing and analyzing biofilms in flow chambers

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    Tolker-Nielsen, Tim; Sternberg, Claus

    2011-01-01

    This unit describes the setup of flow chamber systems for the study of microbial biofilms, and methods for the analysis of structural biofilm formation. Use of flow chambers allows direct microscopic investigation of biofilm formation. The biofilms in flow chambers develop under hydrodynamic......, and disassembly and cleaning of the system. In addition, embedding and fluorescent in situ hybridization of flow chamber-grown biofilms are addressed....

  4. Strategies for combating bacterial biofilm infections

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    Wu,Hong; Moser, Claus; Wang, Heng-Zhuang; Høiby, Niels; Zhi-jun SONG

    2014-01-01

    Formation of biofilm is a survival strategy for bacteria and fungi to adapt to their living environment, especially in the hostile environment. Under the protection of biofilm, microbial cells in biofilm become tolerant and resistant to antibiotics and the immune responses, which increases the difficulties for the clinical treatment of biofilm infections. Clinical and laboratory investigations demonstrated a perspicuous correlation between biofilm infection and medical foreign bodies or indwe...

  5. Phenotypic Characterization of Streptococcus pneumoniae Biofilm Development

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    Allegrucci, Magee; Hu, F.Z.; Shen, K.; J. Hayes; Ehrlich, Garth D.; Post, J Christopher; Sauer, Karin

    2006-01-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae is among the most common pathogens associated with chronic otitis media with effusion, which has been hypothesized to be a biofilm disease. S. pneumoniae has been shown to form biofilms, however, little is known about the developmental process, the architecture, and the changes that occur upon biofilm development. In the current study we made use of a continuous-culture biofilm system to characterize biofilm development of 14 different S. pneumoniae strains representi...

  6. Characterization of Mucosal Candida albicans Biofilms

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    Dongari-Bagtzoglou, Anna; Kashleva, Helena; Dwivedi, Prabhat; Diaz, Patricia; Vasilakos, John

    2009-01-01

    C. albicans triggers recurrent infections of the alimentary tract mucosa that result from biofilm growth. Although the ability of C. albicans to form a biofilm on abiotic surfaces has been well documented in recent years, no information exists on biofilms that form directly on mucosal surfaces. The objectives of this study were to characterize the structure and composition of Candida biofilms forming on the oral mucosa. We found that oral Candida biofilms consist of yeast, hyphae, and commens...

  7. Enantioselektive Transferhydrierung mit Ruthenium(II)-Komplexen

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    Henning, Frauke

    2003-01-01

    Eine Vielzahl chiraler Liganden und Komplexe wurden als Katalysatoren in der enantioselektiven Transferhydrierung von Acetophenon mit den Wasserstoffdonoren 2-Propanol und Ameisensäure getestet. Vier dreizähnige axial chirale Binaphthyle erzielen in situ mit Tris-(triphenylphosphanyl)ruthenium(II)-chlorid hohe Enantiomerenüberschüsse von bis zu 98% und Ausbeuten über 90% unter optimierten Reaktionsbedingungen. Es wird ein deutlicher OH-Effekt beobachtet, während ein NH-Effekt nicht bestätigt ...

  8. Herstellung von Metallkomplexen mit schwefelreichen Liganden

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    Chrzanowski, Lars Stefan von

    2005-01-01

    Die vorliegende Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit der Synthese und Charakterisierung von neuen Übergangsmetallkomplexen der ersten und zweiten Nebengruppe mit schwefelreichen Liganden. Die neuen Thiokronenetherkomplexe (1,4,7,10-Tetrathiacyclododecan)silber(I)trifluoromethansulfonat 5, Di(3,6,9,14-Tetrathiabicyclo-[9.2.1]tetradeca-11,13-dien)silber(I)trifluoromethansulfonat 6, (1,4,7,10,13,16-Hexathiacyclooctadecan)silber(I)trifluoromethansulfonat 7 und Diiodo(1,4,7,10,13,16-Hexathiacyclooctadecan)...

  9. 3. Zusammenarbeit mit Osteuropa und der GUS

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    Guggenbühl, Tanja; Tschumi Canosa, Xavier

    2009-01-01

    Die neue Rechtsgrundlage für die Zusammenarbeit mit den Staaten Osteuropas und der Gemeinschaft Unabhängiger Staaten (GUS) trat am 1. Juni 2007 in Kraft. Sie ist sowohl für den Beitrag der Schweiz zur Erweiterung der Europäischen Union (EU) als auch für die Zusammenarbeit mit den Oststaaten massgebend. Während der Bundesrat eine Kürzung der Mittel für die Ostzusammenarbeit vorgesehen hatte, um dadurch einen Teil der Finanzierung der Kohäsionsmilliarde zu kompensieren, konnte der Rahmenkredit ...

  10. Entwicklung eines Ultraschallkatheters mit integriertem Mikroantrieb

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    Ledworuski, Ralf

    2006-01-01

    In der medizinischen Diagnostik werden Ultraschallkatheter häufig eingesetzt, um Gefäße wie z. B. Arterien oder den Gallengang auf Ablagerungen und krankhafte Veränderungen zu untersuchen und diese in einem sehr frühen Stadium zu erkennen. Voraussetzung dafür ist eine kontrastreiche Gefäßdarstellung mit guter Auflösung. Kathetersysteme aus dem Bereich des intravaskulären Ultraschalls (IVUS) und Minisonden des endoskopischen Ultraschalls (EUS) erzeugen zirkuläre Ultraschallbilder mit dem Ultra...

  11. Flexible Stromerzeugung mit Mikro-KWK-Anlagen

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    Lipp, Josef

    2015-01-01

    Die Arbeit realisiert eine flexible Stromerzeugung mit Mikro-KWK-Anlagen. Hierfür wird eine intelligente Speichereinsatzplanung unter Zuhilfenahme einer Wärmebedarfsprognose umgesetzt. Letztere fließt in einen Optimierungsalgorithmus ein, deren Zielgröße die Maximierung der generierbaren Erlöse anhand der EEX-Preise ist. Dieser erzeugt BHKW-Fahrpläne und Speichereinsatzpläne. Für deren Umsetzung wird eine intelligente Regelung programmiert, so dass im Zusammenwirken mit dem flexib...

  12. Biofilm models for the practitioner

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    Morgenroth, Eberhard Friedrich; van Loosdrecht, M. C. M.; Wanner, O.

    Even though mathematical biofilm models are extensively used in biofilm research, there has been very little application of these models in the engineering practice so far. However, practitioners would be interested in models that can be used as tools to control plant operation under dynamic...... conditions or to help them handle complex interactions between particle removal, carbon oxidation, nitrification, denitrification and biological phosphorus removal. But even though there is a whole range of biofilm models available, it is difficult for the practitioner to select the appropriate modeling...

  13. Biofilm models for the practitioner

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    Morgenroth, Eberhard Friedrich; van Loosdrecht, M. C. M.; Wanner, O.

    2000-01-01

    Even though mathematical biofilm models are extensively used in biofilm research, there has been very little application of these models in the engineering practice so far. However, practitioners would be interested in models that can be used as tools to control plant operation under dynamic...... conditions or to help them handle complex interactions between particle removal, carbon oxidation, nitrification, denitrification and biological phosphorus removal. But even though there is a whole range of biofilm models available, it is difficult for the practitioner to select the appropriate modeling...

  14. Microbial pathogenesis and biofilm development

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    Reisner, A.; Høiby, N.; Tolker-Nielsen, Tim;

    2004-01-01

    cycles of different microorganisms will eventually lead to improved treatments. Several bacteria have evolved specific strategies for virulent colonization of humans in addition to their otherwise harmless establishment as environmental inhabitants. In many such cases biofilm development seems to play a...... of polysaccharides. A recent striking finding is that DNA released from biofilm cells may be important as an initial matrix former [3]. At later times other EPS molecules may add to the shape and quality of the mature biofilm structure. Figure 1 summarizes the principle stepsinvolved in the...

  15. Rationales und kombinatorisches Protein-Engineering mit Lipocalinen

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    Mayer, Jan-Peter Mayer

    2013-01-01

    Mit dem Ziel, künstliche Proteine mit biokatalytischen Eigenschaften zu selektieren, wurden hochkomplexe Zufalls-Bibliotheken erzeugt und unter eigens entwickelten Selektionsbedingungen auf enzymatische Aktivität durchmustert, wobei die Komplementierung eines unterbrochenen bakteriellen Stoffwechselwegs als Kriterium diente. Weiterhin wurde ein Anticalin mit Spezifität für Digoxigenin biophysikalisch charakterisiert und als Fusionsprotein mit β-Lactamasen sowie einer optimierten Alkalischen P...

  16. Sexualisierte Gewalt gegen Menschen mit Behinderung in Institutionen

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    Zemp, Aiha

    2002-01-01

    Es werden zwei Studien vorgestellt: "'Weil das alles weh tut mit Gewalt' - Sexuelle Ausbeutung von Mädchen und Frauen mit Behinderung" (Zemp u. Pircher 1996) und "Sexualisierte Gewalt im behinderten Alltag - Jungen und Männer mit Behinderung als Opfer und Täter" (Zemp et al. 1997). In den vorliegenden Untersuchungen haben wir uns auf Frauen und Männer mit Behinderung konzentriert, die aufgrund ihrer körperlichen, geistigen und/oder psychischen Behinderung in einer Institution leben. S...

  17. The MIT bagmodel and some spectroscopic applications

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    The author studies the MIT bag model in a simple approximation and applies it to the static properties of the light hadrons. Another approximation is then studied, better adapted to the study of all-quark states with baryon number B = 2 to 6. Finally, the spectroscopic properties of the Q2 anti Q2 system is investigated. (G.T.H.)

  18. Sport bei Patienten mit angeborenen Herzfehlern

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    Gabriel H

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Angeborene Herzfehler sind die häufigsten angeborenen Defekte, die bei ca. 0,8 % aller Geburten vorkommen. Diese hohe Inzidenz der kongenitalen Herzdefekte (CHD bedingt, daß Kardiologen und Leistungsphysiologen nicht selten diese Patienten evaluieren, behandeln und Empfehlungen in bezug auf die körperliche Belastbarkeit abgeben müssen. Diese Richtlinien wurden zuletzt für "Wettkampfsportler" in der "26th Bethesda Conference" veröffentlicht. Die meisten der Patienten mit CHD planen jedoch keine Teilnahme am Wettkampf, sondern wünschen sich einen aktiveren Lebensstil mit sportlichen Aktivitäten aus Freude an der Bewegung oder wegen des Gesundheitsbenefits. Ebenso wie die Lebenserwartung dieser Patienten ansteigt, steigt auch die Inzidenz für Krankheiten wie koronare Herzerkrankung, Hypertonie oder Diabetes, die in einer erwachsenen Population auftreten. Konsequenterweise spielt auch die Prävention atherosklerotischer Veränderungen von kardiovaskulären Risikofaktoren eine immer größere Rolle. Daneben brauchen Patienten mit CHD eine konkrete Anleitung für ein Trainingsprogramm, um eine verbesserte Belastungstoleranz, vermehrtes Wohlbefinden und andere positive psychische Effekte zu erreichen. Dieser Artikel bezieht sich auf den aktuellen Wissensstand über körperliche Belastungen der Patienten mit angeborenem Herzfehler und beinhaltet diesbezügliche praxisbezogene Empfehlungen.

  19. Abbildendes Mikrowellen-Spektrometer mit Apertursynthese

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    Jirousek, Matthias

    2011-01-01

    In dieser Arbeit wird die neuartige Kombination des hochauflösenden radiometrischen Abbildungsverfahrens Apertursynthese mit einer spektralen Messung untersucht und im System ANSAS umgesetzt. Diese Verknüpfung ermöglicht z.B. in der Fernerkundung eine umfangreichere Erdbeobachtung zur genaueren Erfassung geophysikalischer Parameter. Die messtechnische Verifikation wurde anhand verschiedener Abbildungsszenarien untersucht und damit die Machbarkeit eines solchen Systemkonzepts demonstriert.

  20. Impact of hydrodynamics on oral biofilm strength.

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    Paramonova, E; Kalmykowa, O J; van der Mei, H C; Busscher, H J; Sharma, P K

    2009-10-01

    Mechanical removal of oral biofilms is ubiquitously accepted as the best way to prevent caries and periodontal diseases. Removal effectiveness strongly depends on biofilm strength. To investigate the influence of hydrodynamics on oral biofilm strength, we grew single- and multi-species biofilms of Streptococcus oralis J22, Actinomyces naeslundii TV14-J1, and full dental plaque at shear rates ranging from 0.1 to 50 1/sec and measured their compressive strength. Subsequently, biofilm architecture was evaluated by confocal laser scanning microscopy. Multi-species biofilms were stronger than single-species biofilms, with strength values ranging from 6 to 51 Pa and from 5 to 17 Pa, respectively. In response to increased hydrodynamic shear, biofilm strength decreased, and architecture changed from uniform carpet-like to more "fluffy" with higher thickness. S. oralis biofilms grown under variable shear of 7 and 50 1/sec possessed properties intermediate of those measured at the respective single shears. PMID:19783800

  1. Stratified growth in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

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    Werner, E.; Roe, F.; Bugnicourt, A.;

    2004-01-01

    In this study, stratified patterns of protein synthesis and growth were demonstrated in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Spatial patterns of protein synthetic activity inside biofilms were characterized by the use of two green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter gene constructs. One construct...... synthesis was restricted to a narrow band in the part of the biofilm adjacent to the source of oxygen. The zone of active GFP expression was approximately 60 Am wide in colony biofilms and 30 Am wide in flow cell biofilms. The region of the biofilm in which cells were capable of elongation was mapped by...... treating colony biofilms with carbenicillin, which blocks cell division, and then measuring individual cell lengths by transmission electron microscopy. Cell elongation was localized at the air interface of the biofilm. The heterogeneous anabolic patterns measured inside these biofilms were likely a result...

  2. The ``Swiss cheese'' instability of bacterial biofilms

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    Jang, Hongchul; Rusconi, Roberto; Stocker, Roman

    2012-11-01

    Bacteria often adhere to surfaces, where they develop polymer-encased communities (biofilms) that display dramatic resistance to antibiotic treatment. A better understanding of cell detachment from biofilms may lead to novel strategies for biofilm disruption. Here we describe a new detachment mode, whereby a biofilm develops a nearly regular array of ~50-100 μm holes. Using surface-treated microfluidic devices, we create biofilms of controlled shape and size. After the passage of an air plug, the break-up of the residual thin liquid film scrapes and rearranges bacteria on the surface, such that a ``Swiss cheese'' pattern is left in the residual biofilm. Fluorescent staining of the polymeric matrix (EPS) reveals that resistance to cell dislodgement correlates with local biofilm age, early settlers having had more time to hunker down. Because few survivors suffice to regrow a biofilm, these results point at the importance of considering microscale heterogeneity in assessing the effectiveness of biofilm removal strategies.

  3. Wrestling with Pedagogical Change: The TEAL Initiative at MIT

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    Breslow, Lori

    2010-01-01

    In the late 1990s, the physics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had a problem. The department was responsible for teaching the two required physics courses that are part of the General Institute Requirements (GIRs), MIT's core curriculum--Physics I (mechanics, or in MIT parlance, 8.01) and Physics II (electricity and…

  4. Synergistic Interactions in Multispecies Biofilms

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    Ren, Dawei

    structured aggregation consisting of multiple species of bacteria whose function relies on a complex web of cooperative and/or competitive interactions between community members, indicating that research in “whole-entity” should not be based on the assembled results from “mono pieces”. As one of the best...... by transcriptomic analysis are also presented. Due to the poor reproducibility of most biofilm quantification assays, the first part of my work is to develop a rapid, reproducible and sensitive approach for quantitative screening of biofilm formation by bacteria when cultivated as mono- and multispecies biofilms......, followed by species specific qPCR based on SYBR Green I fluorescence to measure the relative proportion of individual species in mixed-species biofilms. The reported approach was described in Manuscript 1 which can be used as a standard procedure for evaluating interspecies interactions in defined...

  5. Nanotechnology: Role in dental biofilms

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    Bhardwaj Sonia

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Biofilms are surface- adherent populations of microorganisms consisting of cells, water and extracellular matrix material Nanotechnology is promising field of science which can guide our understanding of the role of interspecies interaction in the development of biofilm. Streptococcus mutans with other species of bacteria has been known to form dental biofilm. The correlation between genetically modified bacteria Streptococcus mutans and nanoscale morphology has been assessed using AFMi.e atomic force microscopy. Nanotechnology application includes 16 O/ 18 O reverse proteolytic labeling,use of quantum dots for labeling of bacterial cells, selective removal of cariogenic bacteria while preserving the normal oral flora and silver antimicrobial nanotechnology against pathogens associated with biofilms. The future comprises a mouthwash full of smart nanomachines which can allow the harmless flora of mouth to flourish in a healthy ecosystem

  6. Differential growth of wrinkled biofilms

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    Espeso, D R; Einarsson, B

    2015-01-01

    Biofilms are antibiotic-resistant bacterial aggregates that grow on moist surfaces and can trigger hospital-acquired infections. They provide a classical example in biology where the dynamics of cellular communities may be observed and studied. Gene expression regulates cell division and differentiation, which affect the biofilm architecture. Mechanical and chemical processes shape the resulting structure. We gain insight into the interplay between cellular and mechanical processes during biofilm development on air-agar interfaces by means of a hybrid model. Cellular behavior is governed by stochastic rules informed by a cascade of concentration fields for nutrients, waste and autoinducers. Cellular differentiation and death alter the structure and the mechanical properties of the biofilm, which is deformed according to Foppl-Von Karman equations informed by cellular processes and the interaction with the substratum. Stiffness gradients due to growth and swelling produce wrinkle branching. We are able to repr...

  7. Hydrodynamics of catheter biofilm formation

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    Sotolongo-Costa, Oscar; Rodriguez-Perez, Daniel; Martinez-Escobar, Sergio; Fernandez-Barbero, Antonio

    2009-01-01

    A hydrodynamic model is proposed to describe one of the most critical problems in intensive medical care units: the formation of biofilms inside central venous catheters. The incorporation of approximate solutions for the flow-limited diffusion equation leads to the conclusion that biofilms grow on the internal catheter wall due to the counter-stream diffusion of blood through a very thin layer close to the wall. This biological deposition is the first necessary step for the subsequent bacteria colonization.

  8. Exploiting social evolution in biofilms

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    Boyle, Kerry E.; Heilmann, Silja; van Ditmarsch, Dave; Xavier, Joao B.

    2013-01-01

    Bacteria are highly social organisms that communicate via signaling molecules, move collectively over surfaces and make biofilm communities. Nonetheless, our main line of defense against pathogenic bacteria consists of antibiotics – drugs that target individual-level traits of bacterial cells and thus, regrettably, select for resistance against their own action. A possible solution lies in targeting the mechanisms by which bacteria interact with each other within biofilms. The emerging field ...

  9. Strategies for combating bacterial biofilm infections

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    Hong Wu; Claus Moser; Heng-Zhuang Wang; Niels Hiby; Zhi-Jun Song

    2015-01-01

    Formation of biofilm is a survival strategy for bacteria and fungi to adapt to their living environment, especially in the hostile environment. Under the protection of biofilm, microbial cells in biofilm become tolerant and resistant to antibiotics and the immune responses, which increases the difficulties for the clinical treatment of biofilm infections. Clinical and laboratory investigations demonstrated a perspicuous correlation between biofilm infection and medical foreign bodies or indwelling devices. Clinical observations and experimental studies indicated clearly that antibiotic treatment alone is in most cases insufficient to eradicate biofilm infections. Therefore, to effectively treat biofilm infections with currently available antibiotics and evaluate the outcomes become important and urgent for clinicians. The review summarizes the latest progress in treatment of clinical biofilm infections and scientific investigations, discusses the diagnosis and treatment of different biofilm infections and introduces the promising laboratory progress, which may contribute to prevention or cure of biofilm infections. We conclude that, an efficient treatment of biofilm infections needs a well-established multidisciplinary collaboration, which includes removal of the infected foreign bodies, selection of biofilm-active, sensitive and well-penetrating antibiotics, systemic or topical antibiotic administration in high dosage and combinations, and administration of anti-quorum sensing or biofilm dispersal agents.

  10. Therapeutisches Drug Monitoring von Ribavirin bei Patienten mit chronischer Hepatitis C und Patienten mit einer Koinfektion mit dem Hepatitis-C-Virus und dem Humanen Immundefizienz-Virus

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    Romberg, Sophie

    2010-01-01

    Weltweit sind etwa 170 Millionen Menschen chronisch mit Hepatits-C-Virus (HCV) infiziert, in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland leben ca. 500.000 HCV-Infizierte. Ein großes Problem bereitet die hohe Chronifizierungsrate der Erkrankung mit 60 – 80 %. Die Therapieerfolge konnten deutlich gesteigert werden, seitdem die Behandlung aus Interferon in Kombination mit Ribavirin besteht. Es gibt jedoch noch immer viele Patienten, die unzureichend auf die Therapie ansprechen. Es ist Gegenstand der For-schu...

  11. STUDY OF ULTRASOUND RADIATION INFLUENCE ON ABILITY TO FORM BIOFILMS AND FORMED BIOFILMS OF KLEBSIELLA PNEUMONIAE

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    Mozgova Yu.A.

    2013-01-01

    With aim to detect ability to form biofilms in K.pneumoniae and to study effects of low-intensity ultrasound radiation on formed biofilms and their aggregation microbiological research of material frompatients with pyoinflammatory diseases was performed. It was found that low-intensity ultrasound radiation could destroy formed biofilms of K. pneumoniae and decrease ability of this pathogen to form secondary biofilms.

  12. Investigating Biofilm Recalcitrance In Pipe Flow Systems

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    Aggarwal, S.; Stewart, P. S.; Hozalski, R. M.

    2015-12-01

    It is challenging to remove biofilms from pipe walls owing to their recalcitrant nature. Several physiological explanations resulting from the community existence of microbes have been offered to explain the recalcitrant nature of biofilms. Herein a biophysical aspect of biofilm recalcitrance is being reported. While optimal efficiency argument suggests that bacterial biofilms would be just strong enough to withstand the surrounding shear forces, our experimental findings reveal the biofilms to be at least 330 to 55000 times stronger. Additionally, Monte-Carlo simulations for biofilm detachment in drinking water systems were performed, which show that the existing flow velocities are insufficient for significant biofilm removal and warrant alternative detachment strategies. This emphasizes the importance of considering strategies for biofilm weakening (and subsequent detachment) in conjunction with or as an alternative to bacterial inactivation.

  13. D-amino acids trigger biofilm disassembly.

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    Kolodkin-Gal, Ilana; Romero, Diego; Cao, Shugeng; Clardy, Jon; Kolter, Roberto; Losick, Richard

    2010-04-30

    Bacteria form communities known as biofilms, which disassemble over time. In our studies outlined here, we found that, before biofilm disassembly, Bacillus subtilis produced a factor that prevented biofilm formation and could break down existing biofilms. The factor was shown to be a mixture of D-leucine, D-methionine, D-tyrosine, and D-tryptophan that could act at nanomolar concentrations. D-amino acid treatment caused the release of amyloid fibers that linked cells in the biofilm together. Mutants able to form biofilms in the presence of D-amino acids contained alterations in a protein (YqxM) required for the formation and anchoring of the fibers to the cell. D-amino acids also prevented biofilm formation by Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. D-amino acids are produced by many bacteria and, thus, may be a widespread signal for biofilm disassembly. PMID:20431016

  14. Flight research with the MIT Daedalus prototype

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    Bussolari, Steven R.; Youngren, Harold H.; Langford, John S.

    1987-01-01

    The MIT Light Eagle human-powered aircraft underwent long-duration testing over Rogers Dry Lake in California during January, 1987. Designed as a prototype for the MIT Daedalus Project, the Light Eagle's forty-eight flights provided pilot training, established new distance records for human-powered flight, and provided quantitative data through a series of instrumented flight experiments. The experiments focused on: (1) evaluating physiological loads on the pilot, (2) determining airframe power requirements, and (3) developing an electronic flight control system. This paper discusses the flight test program, its results and their implications for the follow-on Daedalus aircraft, and the potential uses of the Light Eagle as a low Reynolds number testbed.

  15. Entwicklung eines Extraktreinigungsverfahrens mit reduziertem Kalkverbrauch

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    Shahidizenouz, Azar

    2008-01-01

    Zur Einsparung von Kalk und Koks in der Extraktreinigung (Saftreinigung) der Zuckerfabrikation wurden in den letzten Jahren verstärkte Anstrengungen unternommen. Unterschiedliche Extraktreinigungsverfahren wurden entwickelt und getestet. Ein in der ZAFES (Zentralabteilung Forschung, Entwicklung und Services der Südzucker AG) entwickeltes Extraktreinigungsverfahren mit der Abtrennung einer eiweißhaltigen Fraktion aus dem vorgekalkten Extrakt (SZ/RT-Extraktreinigungsverfahren) führte zu einem d...

  16. Gentherapie der Rheumatoiden Arthritis mit foamyviralen Vektoren

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    Armbruster, Nicole

    2011-01-01

    Die rheumatoide Arthritis (RA) ist eine Autoimmunerkrankung, die durch anhaltende Gelenksentzündungen gekennzeichnet ist und mit einer fortschreitenden Degradierung des Knorpels und Knochen einhergeht. Ungefähr 2 % der erwachsenen Bevölkerung weltweit sind betroffen und leiden unter erheblichen Gelenkschmerzen und Beeinträchtigungen. Der intraartikuläre Transfer anti-entzündlicher Gene (z.B. des Interleukin-1 Rezeptorantagonisten – IL1RA) zeigte signifikante Bedeutung in präklinischen und Pha...

  17. Fälschungsschutz mit RFID-Technologie

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    Staake, Thorsten; Thiesse, Frederic; Fleisch, Elgar

    2004-01-01

    Produktfälschungen stellen ein massives ökonomisches Problem dar. Technische Verfahren zum Schutz vor Fälschungen gewinnen bei Unternehmen zunehmend an Bedeutung. Vielversprechend ist in diesem Zusammenhang der Einsatz der RFIDTechnologie. Kombiniert mit einer geeigneten lT Infrastruktur lassen sich Mechanismen entwickeln, deren Sicherheitsniveau den Anforderungen flexibel angepasst werden kann und die eine automatisierte Überprüfung auf Echtheit ermöglichen.

  18. MIT App Inventor: Enabling Personal Mobile Computing

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    Pokress, Shaileen Crawford; Veiga, José Juan Dominguez

    2013-01-01

    MIT App Inventor is a drag-and-drop visual programming tool for designing and building fully functional mobile apps for Android. App Inventor promotes a new era of personal mobile computing in which people are empowered to design, create, and use personally meaningful mobile technology solutions for their daily lives, in endlessly unique situations. App Inventor's intuitive programming metaphor and incremental development capabilities allow the developer to focus on the logic for programming ...

  19. Textualizing cultures: thinking beyond the MIT controversy

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    Callahan, William A.

    2015-01-01

    This essay examines how the MIT Controversy hardened identities in terms of the timeworn template of geopolitical conflict of national stereotypes. It critically analyzes the Chinese students’ response to the “Visualizing Cultures” project by putting it in the context of the PRC’s patriotic education policy that securitizes culture by focusing on identity as difference in a zero-sum game that distinguishes civilization from barbarism, and China from the rest of the world. It cr...

  20. ß-Laktamasen mit breitem Wirkungsspektrum

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    Witte, Wolfgang; Mielke, Martin

    2003-01-01

    Als extended spectrum β-Laktamasen (ESBL) wurden ursprünglich plasmidkodierte Enzyme der Ambler-Klassifizierung A und D bezeichnet, die aufgrund von Aminosäureaustauschmutation( en) auch Cephalosporine der 3. und 4.Gruppe hydrolysieren. Die erweiterte Definition schließt β-Laktamasen der Klasse C sowie Carbapenemasen (vorwiegend Metallo-β-Laktamasen der Klasse B) mit ein.ESBL der Gruppe A wurden bei Enterobacteriaceae erstmals 1988 in Frankreich bekannt.Seither gibt es eine fortlau...

  1. Kurz zum Klima: Solarstromboom mit Nebenwirkungen

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    Johann Wackerbauer; Jana Lippelt

    2012-01-01

    Die deutsche Solarstrombranche befindet sich in einer Phase der Marktbereinigung. Der Sonnenstromboom geht mit Überkapazitäten bei den Herstellern von Solarzellen und Modulen und fallenden Preisen einher. Trotz einer großzügigen Förderung gerät die als Zukunftsindustrie bezeichnete deutsche Photovoltaikindustrie in eine Absatzkrise und die Förderung der Photovoltaik in Deutschland erweist sich als industriepolitisches Debakel: Während die asiatischen Produzenten gezielt ihre Marktanteile ausb...

  2. Aufgabenorientierte Kopplung von Sensoren mit unterschiedlichen Abtasteigenschaften

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    Robl, Christian

    2007-01-01

    Die Sensorkopplung auf Signal-Level für Regelungszwecke wird in drei funktionelle Blöcke - Synchronisation, Sensordatenvorverarbeitung und Sensordatenfusion - unterteilt. Es werden dafür Methoden erarbeitet und mit klassischen Verfahren verglichen. Die Sensoren werden anhand ihres Abtastverhaltens in vier Klassen unterteilt. Es werden dafür geeignete Simulationsmodelle abgeleitet. Die Erweiterung von MatLab/SimuLink ermöglicht die Verwendung des gleichen Blockschaltbilds für Software- und Har...

  3. Mechanical properties and disruption of dental biofilms

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    Rmaile, Amir

    2013-01-01

    A literature review of dental plaque biofilms formation, progression and detachment mechanisms is presented in this thesis. Various strategies that have been employed to reduce or eliminate dental biofilms are discussed. The focus of the thesis was on the mechanical properties and disruption of dental biofilms, especially from hard-to-access areas of the oral cavity, such as the interproximal (IP) sites between the teeth. Various methods to measure mechanical properties of dental biofilms wer...

  4. Small molecule control of bacterial biofilms

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    Worthington, Roberta J.; Richards, Justin J.; Melander, Christian

    2012-01-01

    Bacterial biofilms are defined as a surface attached community of bacteria embedded in a matrix of extracellular polymeric substances that they have produced. When in the biofilm state, bacteria are more resistant to antibiotics and the host immune response than are their planktonic counterparts. Biofilms are increasingly recognized as being significant in human disease, accounting for 80% of bacterial infections in the body and diseases associated with bacterial biofilms include: lung infect...

  5. Microfluidic Approaches to Bacterial Biofilm Formation

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    Hee-Deung Park; Junghyun Kim; Seok Chung

    2012-01-01

    Bacterial biofilms—aggregations of bacterial cells and extracellular polymeric substrates (EPS)—are an important subject of research in the fields of biology and medical science. Under aquatic conditions, bacterial cells form biofilms as a mechanism for improving survival and dispersion. In this review, we discuss bacterial biofilm development as a structurally and dynamically complex biological system and propose microfluidic approaches for the study of bacterial biofilms. Biofilms develop t...

  6. Current understanding of multi-species biofilms

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    Yang, Liang; Liu, Yang; Wu,Hong; Høiby, Niels; Molin, Søren; Zhi-jun SONG

    2011-01-01

    Direct observation of a wide range of natural microorganisms has revealed the fact that the majority of microbes persist as surface-attached communities surrounded by matrix materials, called biofilms. Biofilms can be formed by a single bacterial strain. However, most natural biofilms are actually formed by multiple bacterial species. Conventional methods for bacterial cleaning, such as applications of antibiotics and/or disinfectants are often ineffective for biofilm populations due to their...

  7. Maggot Excretions Inhibit Biofilm Formation on Biomaterials

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    Cazander, G.; Veerdonk, van de, RJM Rene; Vandenbroucke-Grauls, C. M. J. E.; Schreurs, M.W.J.; Jukema, G.N.

    2010-01-01

    Background Biofilm-associated infections in trauma surgery are difficult to treat with conventional therapies. Therefore, it is important to develop new treatment modalities. Maggots in captured bags, which are permeable for larval excretions/secretions, aid in healing severe, infected wounds, suspect for biofilm formation. Therefore we presumed maggot excretions/secretions would reduce biofilm formation. Questions/purposes We studied biofilm formation of Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus...

  8. Bioinspired, Dynamic, Structured Surfaces for Biofilm Prevention

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    Epstein, Alexander

    2012-01-01

    Bacteria primarily exist in robust, surface-associated communities known as biofilms, ubiquitous in both natural and anthropogenic environments. Mature biofilms resist a wide range of biocidal treatments and pose persistent pathogenic threats. Treatment of adherent biofilm is difficult, costly, and, in medical systems such as catheters, frequently impossible. Adding to the challenge, we have discovered that biofilm can be both impenetrable to vapors and extremely nonwetting, repelling even l...

  9. Pseudomonas biofilm matrix composition and niche biology

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    Mann, Ethan E.; Wozniak, Daniel J.

    2012-01-01

    Biofilms are a predominant form of growth for bacteria in the environment and in the clinic. Critical for biofilm development are adherence, proliferation, and dispersion phases. Each of these stages includes reinforcement by, or modulation of, the extracellular matrix. Pseudomonas aeruginosa has been a model organism for the study of biofilm formation. Additionally, other Pseudomonas species utilize biofilm formation during plant colonization and environmental persistence. Pseudomonads produ...

  10. Candida albicans Biofilm-Defective Mutants

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    Richard, Mathias L.; Nobile, Clarissa J.; Bruno, Vincent M; Mitchell, Aaron P.

    2005-01-01

    Biofilm formation plays a key role in the life cycles and subsistence of many microorganisms. For the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans, biofilm development is arguably a virulence trait, because medical implants that serve as biofilm substrates are significant risk factors for infection. The development of C. albicans biofilms in vitro proceeds through an early phase, in which yeast cells populate a substrate, an intermediate phase, in which pseudohyphal and hyphal cell types are produc...

  11. Biofilm development and enhanced stress resistance of a model, mixed-species community biofilm

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    Lee, Kai Wei Kelvin; Periasamy, Saravanan; Mukherjee, Manisha; Xie, Chao; Kjelleberg, Staffan; Rice, Scott A.

    2013-01-01

    Most studies of biofilm biology have taken a reductionist approach, where single-species biofilms have been extensively investigated. However, biofilms in nature mostly comprise multiple species, where interspecies interactions can shape the development, structure and function of these communities differently from biofilm populations. Hence, a reproducible mixed-species biofilm comprising Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas protegens and Klebsiella pneumoniae was adapted to study how interspe...

  12. Mishap Investigation Team (MIT) - Barksdale AFB, Louisiana

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    Stepaniak, Philip

    2005-01-01

    The Shuttle Program is organized to support a Shuttle mishap using the resources of the MIT. The afternoon of Feb. 1, 2003, the MIT deployed to Barksdale AFB. This location became the investigative center and interim storage location for crewmembers received from the Lufkin Disaster Field Office (DFO). Working under the leadership of the MIT Lead, the medical team executed a short-term plan that included search, recovery, and identification including coordination with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Temporary operations was set up at Barksdale Air Force Base for two weeks. During this time, coordination with the DFO field recovery teams, AFIP personnel, and the crew surgeons was on going. In addition, the crewmember families and NASA management were updated daily. The medical team also dealt with public reports and questions concerning biological and chemical hazards, which were coordinated with SPACEHAB, Inc., Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Medical Operations and the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Space Medicine office. After operations at Barksdale were concluded the medical team transitioned back to Houston and a long-term search, recovery and identification plan was developed.

  13. Microbiële biofilms in tandheelkunde

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    B.P. Krom

    2015-01-01

    Aangehechte gemeenschappen van micro-organismen, ook wel biofilms genoemd, zijn altijd en overal aanwezig. Hoewel biofilms een slechte naam hebben, zijn ze meestal natuurlijk, gezond en zelfs gewenst. In de mondzorgpraktijk komen zowel gezonde (orale biofilms) als ongezonde (bijv. in de waterleiding

  14. Microbiële biofilms in tandheelkunde

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    B.P. Krom

    2015-01-01

    Aangehechte gemeenschappen van micro-organismen, ook wel biofilms genoemd, zijn altijd en overal aanwezig. Hoewel biofilms een slechte naam hebben, zijn ze meestal natuurlijk, gezond en zelfs gewenst. In de tandartspraktijk komen zowel gezonde (orale biofilms) als ongezonde (bijv. in de waterleiding

  15. Strategies for combating bacterial biofilm infections

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    Wu, Hong; Moser, Claus Ernst; Wang, Heng-Zhuang;

    2015-01-01

    Formation of biofilm is a survival strategy for bacteria and fungi to adapt to their living environment, especially in the hostile environment. Under the protection of biofilm, microbial cells in biofilm become tolerant and resistant to antibiotics and the immune responses, which increases the...

  16. Disruption of urogenital biofilms by lactobacilli.

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    McMillan, Amy; Dell, Melissa; Zellar, Michelle P; Cribby, Sarah; Martz, Sarah; Hong, Emilio; Fu, Jennifer; Abbas, Ahmed; Dang, Thien; Miller, Wayne; Reid, Gregor

    2011-08-01

    The process that changes a relatively sparse vaginal microbiota of healthy women into a dense biofilm of pathogenic and potentially pathogenic bacteria is poorly understood. Likewise, the reverse step whereby an aberrant biofilm is displaced and returns to a healthy lactobacilli dominated microbiota is unclear. In order to study these phenomena, in vitro experiments were performed to examine the structure of biofilms associated with aerobic vaginosis, urinary tract infections, and bacterial vaginosis (BV). Uropathogenic Escherichia coli were able to form relatively thin biofilms within five days (6 μm height), while Atopobium vaginae and Gardnerella vaginalis formed thicker biofilms 12 μm in height within two days. Challenge of E. coli biofilms with lactobacilli did not result in pathogen displacement. However, the resulting thicker lactobacilli infused biofilms, caused significant E. coli killing. E. coli biofilms challenged with secreted products of L. rhamnosus GR-1 caused a marked decrease in cell density, and increased cell death. Similarly challenge of BV biofilms with lactobacilli infiltrated BV biofilms and caused bacterial cell death. Metronidazole produced holes in the biofilm but did not eradicate the organisms. The findings provide some evidence of how lactobacilli probiotics might interfere with an aberrant vaginal microbiota, and strengthen the position that combining probiotics with antimicrobials could better eradicate pathogenic biofilms. PMID:21497071

  17. Natural biofilm formation with Legionella pneumophila.

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    Portier, Emilie; Héchard, Yann

    2013-01-01

    Biofilm formation could be studied in various conditions. Most of the studies with Legionella pneumophila used monospecies biofilm in culture media. In some cases, it is important to study bacteria in conditions more close to environmental conditions. In this paper, we describe protocols to produce natural biofilms from river water that were spiked with L. pneumophila. PMID:23150397

  18. Hydrodynamic dispersion within porous biofilms.

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    Davit, Y; Byrne, H; Osborne, J; Pitt-Francis, J; Gavaghan, D; Quintard, M

    2013-01-01

    Many microorganisms live within surface-associated consortia, termed biofilms, that can form intricate porous structures interspersed with a network of fluid channels. In such systems, transport phenomena, including flow and advection, regulate various aspects of cell behavior by controlling nutrient supply, evacuation of waste products, and permeation of antimicrobial agents. This study presents multiscale analysis of solute transport in these porous biofilms. We start our analysis with a channel-scale description of mass transport and use the method of volume averaging to derive a set of homogenized equations at the biofilm-scale in the case where the width of the channels is significantly smaller than the thickness of the biofilm. We show that solute transport may be described via two coupled partial differential equations or telegrapher's equations for the averaged concentrations. These models are particularly relevant for chemicals, such as some antimicrobial agents, that penetrate cell clusters very slowly. In most cases, especially for nutrients, solute penetration is faster, and transport can be described via an advection-dispersion equation. In this simpler case, the effective diffusion is characterized by a second-order tensor whose components depend on (1) the topology of the channels' network; (2) the solute's diffusion coefficients in the fluid and the cell clusters; (3) hydrodynamic dispersion effects; and (4) an additional dispersion term intrinsic to the two-phase configuration. Although solute transport in biofilms is commonly thought to be diffusion dominated, this analysis shows that hydrodynamic dispersion effects may significantly contribute to transport. PMID:23410370

  19. Differential growth of wrinkled biofilms

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    Espeso, D. R.; Carpio, A.; Einarsson, B.

    2015-02-01

    Biofilms are antibiotic-resistant bacterial aggregates that grow on moist surfaces and can trigger hospital-acquired infections. They provide a classical example in biology where the dynamics of cellular communities may be observed and studied. Gene expression regulates cell division and differentiation, which affect the biofilm architecture. Mechanical and chemical processes shape the resulting structure. We gain insight into the interplay between cellular and mechanical processes during biofilm development on air-agar interfaces by means of a hybrid model. Cellular behavior is governed by stochastic rules informed by a cascade of concentration fields for nutrients, waste, and autoinducers. Cellular differentiation and death alter the structure and the mechanical properties of the biofilm, which is deformed according to Föppl-Von Kármán equations informed by cellular processes and the interaction with the substratum. Stiffness gradients due to growth and swelling produce wrinkle branching. We are able to reproduce wrinkled structures often formed by biofilms on air-agar interfaces, as well as spatial distributions of differentiated cells commonly observed with B. subtilis.

  20. Quantification of biofilm accumulation by an optical approach

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    Bakke, Rune; Kalvenes, Sigmund; Kommedal, Roald

    2001-01-01

    Methods for non-invasive, in situ, measurements of biofilm optical density and biofilm optical thickness were evaluated based on Pseudomonas aeruginosa experiments. Biofilm optical density, measured as intensity reduction of a light beam transmitted through the biofilm, correlates with biofilm mass, measured as total carbon and as cell mass. The method is more sensitive and less labor intensive than other commonly used methods for determining extent of biofilm mass accumulation. Biofilm optic...

  1. Microbial pathogenesis and biofilm development

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    Reisner, A.; Høiby, N.; Tolker-Nielsen, Tim; Molin, Søren

    2004-01-01

    Microbial infections constitute a major cause of premature death in large parts of the world, and for several years we have seen an alarming tendency towards increasing problems of controlling such infections by antibiotic treatments. It is hoped that an improved understanding of the infectious...... been termed 'maturation', which is thought to be mediated by a differentiation process. Maturation into late stages of biofilm development resulting in stable and robust structures may require the formation of a matrix of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), which are most often assumed to consist...... of polysaccharides. A recent striking finding is that DNA released from biofilm cells may be important as an initial matrix former [3]. At later times other EPS molecules may add to the shape and quality of the mature biofilm structure. Figure 1 summarizes the principle stepsinvolved in the...

  2. Biofilmes e Lentes de Contacto

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    Silva, Ana Rita Baptista da

    2012-01-01

    O Biofilme pode ser designado como um grupo funcional de microrganismos aderidos a uma superfície estando envolvidos numa matriz exopolimérica. As bactérias organizam-se em Biofilmes, devido a, quando não estão organizadas em microcolónias terem reduzida taxa de sobrevivência. A estrutura e formação destes filmes são heterogéneas, integrando em si nichos de bactérias com graus de crescimento distintos. O estudo da relação dos Biofilmes com as lentes de contacto é pertinente, pois estas são...

  3. Biofilm growth on rugose surfaces

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    Rodriguez, D.; Einarsson, B.; Carpio, A.

    2012-12-01

    A stochastic model is used to assess the effect of external parameters on the development of submerged biofilms on smooth and rough surfaces. The model includes basic cellular mechanisms, such as division and spreading, together with an elementary description of the interaction with the surrounding flow and probabilistic rules for extracellular polymeric substance matrix generation, cell decay, and adhesion. Insight into the interplay of competing mechanisms such as the flow or the nutrient concentration change is gained. Erosion and growth processes combined produce biofilm structures moving downstream. A rich variety of patterns are generated: shrinking biofilms, patches, ripplelike structures traveling downstream, fingers, mounds, streamerlike patterns, flat layers, and porous and dendritic structures. The observed regimes depend on the carbon source and the type of bacteria.

  4. Biological nitrogen removal in one step by nitritation and anaerobic oxidation of ammonia in biofilms; Einstufige biologische Stickstoffelimination durch Nitritation und anaerobe Ammonium-Oxidation im Biofilm

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    Helmer, C.; Tromm, C.; Hippen, A.; Rosenwinkel, K.H.; Seyfried, C.F.; Kunst, S. [Hannover Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Siedlungswasserwirtschaft und Abfalltechnik

    1999-07-01

    oxidation in the deeper part of the biofilm. (orig.) [German] Fuer die Behandlung hoch stickstoffhaltiger Abwaesser mit niedrigem C/N-Verhaeltnis sind autotrophe Mikroorganismen, die Ammonium direkt in elementaren Stickstoff umsetzen, besonders interessant. Ihre Verbreitung und Bedeutung in den Mischbiozoenosen grosstechnischer Abwasserreinigungsanlagen einzuschaetzen bzw. nachzuweisen, ist ausserordentlich schwierig. So konnte bislang nicht abschliessend geklaert werden, auf welche Reaktionen die einstufige Stickstoffelimination, hier als Deammonifikation bezeichnet, in der Nitrifikationsstufe (Scheibentauchkoerper) der Sickerwasserreinigungsanlage Mechernich zurueckgefuehrt werden kann. Zwischenzeitlich ist es gelungen, die Deammonifikation in einer Versuchsanlage nach dem Moving Bed-Verfahren zu etablieren. In Batchversuchen mit den bewachsenen Aufwuchstraegern konnten erstmals die Stickstoffumsetzungen am intakten Biofilm untersucht werden. Abhaengig von der Sauerstoffkonzentration liessen sich zwei autotrophe stickstoffumsetzende Reaktionen im Biofilm nachweisen: Eine Nitritation unter aeroben Bedingungen und eine anaerobe Ammonium-Oxidation. Bei der anaeroben Ammonium-Oxidation wurde Ammonium als Elektronendonator mit Nitrit als Elektronenakzeptor umgesetzt. Endprodukt der Reaktion war N{sub 2}. Ammonium und Nitrit reagierten in einem stoechiometrischen Verhaeltnis von 1:1,37, das in gleicher Groessenordnung fuer den ANAMMOX-Prozess beschrieben ist (1:1,31 {+-} 0,06). Nitrat konnte nicht als Elektronenakzeptor fuer die Reaktion genutzt werden. Fuer die sauerstoffunabhaengige Oxidation von Ammonium musste der Reaktionspartner Nitrit jeweils vorgelegt werden. Ueber die Sauerstoffkonzentration im umgebenden Medium liessen sich die Anteile der Nitritation und der anaeroben Ammonium-Oxidation am Stickstoffumsatz im Biofilm steuern. Bei einer Sauerstoffkonzentration von 0,7 mg/l standen beide Prozesse im Gleichgewicht, so dass eine direkte, nahezu vollstaendige Elimination

  5. Growing and Analyzing Biofilms in Flow Chambers

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    Tolker-Nielsen, Tim; Sternberg, Claus

    2011-01-01

    This unit describes the setup of flow chamber systems for the study of microbial biofilms, and methods for the analysis of structural biofilm formation. Use of flow chambers allows direct microscopic investigation of biofilm formation. The biofilms in flow chambers develop under hydrodynamic......, and disassembly and cleaning of the system. In addition, embedding and fluorescent in situ hybridization of flow chamber–grown biofilms are addressed. Curr. Protoc. Microbiol. 21:1B.2.1-1B.2.17. © 2011 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc....

  6. Pattern formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

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    Parsek, Matthew R.; Tolker-Nielsen, Tim

    2008-01-01

    Bacteria are capable of forming elaborate multicellular communities called biofilms. Pattern formation in biofilms depends on cell proliferation and cellular migration in response to the available nutrients and other external cues, as well as on self-generated intercellular signal molecules and the...... production of an extracellular matrix that serves as a structural 'scaffolding' for the biofilm cells. Pattern formation in biofilms allows cells to position themselves favorably within nutrient gradients and enables buildup and maintenance of physiologically distinct subpopulations, which facilitates...... survival of one or more subpopulations upon environmental insult, and therefore plays an important role in the innate tolerance displayed by biofilms toward adverse conditions....

  7. D-Amino Acids Trigger Biofilm Disassembly

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    Kolodkin-Gal, Illana; Romero, Diego; Cao, Shugeng; Clardy, Jon; Kolter, Roberto; Losick, Richard

    2010-01-01

    Bacteria form communities known as biofilms, which disassemble over time. Here we found that prior to biofilm disassembly Bacillus subtilis produced a factor that prevented biofilm formation and could break down existing biofilms. The factor was shown to be a mixture of D-leucine, D-methionine, D-tyrosine and D-tryptophan that could act at nanomolar concentrations. D-amino acid treatment caused the release of amyloid fibers that linked cells in the biofilm together. Mutants able to form biofi...

  8. Biofilm induced tolerance towards antimicrobial peptides.

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    Anders Folkesson

    Full Text Available Increased tolerance to antimicrobial agents is thought to be an important feature of microbes growing in biofilms. We address the question of how biofilm organization affects antibiotic susceptibility. We established Escherichia coli biofilms with differential structural organization due to the presence of IncF plasmids expressing altered forms of the transfer pili in two different biofilm model systems. The mature biofilms were subsequently treated with two antibiotics with different molecular targets, the peptide antibiotic colistin and the fluoroquinolone ciprofloxacin. The dynamics of microbial killing were monitored by viable count determination, and confocal laser microscopy. Strains forming structurally organized biofilms show an increased bacterial survival when challenged with colistin, compared to strains forming unstructured biofilms. The increased survival is due to genetically regulated tolerant subpopulation formation and not caused by a general biofilm property. No significant difference in survival was detected when the strains were challenged with ciprofloxacin. Our data show that biofilm formation confers increased colistin tolerance to cells within the biofilm structure, but the protection is conditional being dependent on the structural organization of the biofilm, and the induction of specific tolerance mechanisms.

  9. Cell death in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm development

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    Webb, J.S.; Thompson, L.S.; James, S.;

    2003-01-01

    Bacteria growing in biofilms often develop multicellular, three-dimensional structures known as microcolonies. Complex differentiation within biofilms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs, leading to the creation of voids inside microcolonies and to the dispersal of cells from within these voids....... However, key developmental processes regulating these events are poorly understood. A normal component of multicellular development is cell death. Here we report that a repeatable pattern of cell death and lysis occurs in biofilms of P. aeruginosa during the normal course of development. Cell death...... occurred with temporal and spatial organization within biofilms, inside microcolonies, when the biofilms were allowed to develop in continuous-culture flow cells. A subpopulation of viable cells was always observed in these regions. During the onset of biofilm killing and during biofilm development...

  10. Modelling the growth of a methanotrophic biofilm

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    Arcangeli, J.-P.; Arvin, E.

    1999-01-01

    This article discusses the growth of methanotrophic biofilms. Several independent biofilm growths scenarios involving different inocula were examined. Biofilm growth, substrate removal and product formation were monitored throughout the experiments. Based on the oxygen consumption it was concluded...... that heterotrophs and nitrifiers co-existed with methanotrophs in the biofilm. Heterotrophic biomass grew on soluble polymers formed by the hydrolysis of dead biomass entrapped in the biofilm. Nitrifier populations developed because of the presence of ammonia in the mineral medium. Based on these...... analysis was performed on this model. It indicated that the most influential parameters were those related to the biofilm (i.e. density; solid-volume fraction; thickness). This suggests that in order to improve the model, further research regarding the biofilm structure and composition is needed....

  11. Biofilms: an emergent form of bacterial life.

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    Flemming, Hans-Curt; Wingender, Jost; Szewzyk, Ulrich; Steinberg, Peter; Rice, Scott A; Kjelleberg, Staffan

    2016-08-11

    Bacterial biofilms are formed by communities that are embedded in a self-produced matrix of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). Importantly, bacteria in biofilms exhibit a set of 'emergent properties' that differ substantially from free-living bacterial cells. In this Review, we consider the fundamental role of the biofilm matrix in establishing the emergent properties of biofilms, describing how the characteristic features of biofilms - such as social cooperation, resource capture and enhanced survival of exposure to antimicrobials - all rely on the structural and functional properties of the matrix. Finally, we highlight the value of an ecological perspective in the study of the emergent properties of biofilms, which enables an appreciation of the ecological success of biofilms as habitat formers and, more generally, as a bacterial lifestyle. PMID:27510863

  12. Vibrio cholerae Biofilms and Cholera Pathogenesis.

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    Anisia J Silva

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Vibrio cholerae can switch between motile and biofilm lifestyles. The last decades have been marked by a remarkable increase in our knowledge of the structure, regulation, and function of biofilms formed under laboratory conditions. Evidence has grown suggesting that V. cholerae can form biofilm-like aggregates during infection that could play a critical role in pathogenesis and disease transmission. However, the structure and regulation of biofilms formed during infection, as well as their role in intestinal colonization and virulence, remains poorly understood. Here, we review (i the evidence for biofilm formation during infection, (ii the coordinate regulation of biofilm and virulence gene expression, and (iii the host signals that favor V. cholerae transitions between alternative lifestyles during intestinal colonization, and (iv we discuss a model for the role of V. cholerae biofilms in pathogenicity.

  13. Der klinische Stellenwert der Polysomnographie bei Kindern mit kraniofazialen Fehlbildungssyndromen

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    Hein, Astrid

    2008-01-01

    Schlaf- und nächtliche Atemstörungen sind ein häufiges Symptom bei Kindern mit kraniofazialen Fehlbildungen, da es durch die Mittelgesichtshypoplasie zu einer Einengung der Atemwege kommen kann. Wir haben bei 28 Kindern Polysomnographien vorgenommen, um differenziertere Aussagen über die Art der schlafbezogenen Apnoen, den Zusammenhang mit bestimmten Schlafstadien und Schlafarchitektur und Korrelationen mit der mental-kognitiven Entwicklung sowie der Lebensqualität machen zu können. Diese wur...

  14. Stahlbetonplatten verstärkt mit Textilbeton unter Brandbelastung

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    Ehlig, Daniel; Jesse, Frank; Curbach, Manfred

    2009-01-01

    Im Rahmen experimenteller Untersuchungen wurden Stahlbetonplatten hergestellt, mit verschiedenen textilen Bewehrungen verstärkt, mit 125 % Gebrauchslast vorgeschädigt und anschließend unter Gebrauchslast mit einer Brandbelastung nach der Einheitstemperaturkurve (ISO-834, Cellulosic curve) beaufschlagt. Alle Platten hielten der Brandbelastung bei gleichzeitiger Biegebeanspruchung mehr als 60 Minuten stand und zeigten weder Betonabplatzungen noch andere optische Schädigungen auf. Die für dieses...

  15. Biofilm monitoring using complex permittivity.

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    Altman, Susan Jeanne; McGrath, Lucas K.; Dolan, Patricia L.; Yelton, William Graham

    2008-10-01

    There is strong interest in the detection and monitoring of bio-fouling. Bio-fouling problems are common in numerous water treatments systems, medical and dental apparatus and food processing equipment. Current bio-fouling control protocols are time consuming and costly. New early detection techniques to monitor bio-forming contaminates are means to enhanced efficiency. Understanding the unique dielectric properties of biofilm development, colony forming bacteria and nutrient background will provide a basis to the effectiveness of controlling or preventing biofilm growth. Dielectric spectroscopy measurements provide values of complex permittivity, {var_epsilon}*, of biofilm formation by applying a weak alternating electric field at various frequencies. The dielectric characteristic of the biofilm, {var_epsilon}{prime}, is the real component of {var_epsilon}* and measures the biofilm's unique ability to store energy. Graphically observed dependencies of {var_epsilon}{prime} to frequency indicate dielectric relaxation or dielectric dispersion behaviors that mark the particular stage of progression during the development of biofilms. In contrast, any frequency dependency of the imaginary component, {var_epsilon}{double_prime} the loss factor, is expressed as dielectric losses from the biofilm due to dipole relaxation. The tangent angle of these two component vectors is the ratio of the imaginary component to the real component, {var_epsilon}{double_prime}/{var_epsilon}{prime} and is referred to as the loss angle tangent (tan {delta}) or dielectric loss. Changes in tan {delta} are characteristic of changes in dielectric losses during various developmental stages of the films. Permittivity scans in the above figure are of biofilm growth from P. Fluorescens (10e7 CFU's at the start). Three trends are apparent from these scans, the first being a small drop in the imaginary permittivity over a 7 hours period, best seen in the Cole-Cole plot (a). The second trend

  16. [Bernt Ahrenholz : Verweise mit Demonstrativa im Gesprochenen Deutsch...] / Klaus Geyer

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    Geyer, Klaus

    2008-01-01

    Arvustus: Ahrenholz, Bernt. Verweise mit Demonstrativa im gesprochenen Deutsch : Grammatik, Zweitspracherwerb und Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Berlin ; New York : de Gruyter, 2007. (Linguistik - Impulse & Tendenzen ; 17)

  17. Analysis of MIT Pressurizer Experiment Using RETRAN Code

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    The MIT pressurizer experiment is a simplified experiment for assessment of pressurizer response during water insurge and outsurge transients. In this paper, RETRAN code is used to analyze MIT pressurizer experiment. The RETRAN input for MIT pressurizer experiment is developed and simulations are performed. The calculation results are compared with measured data from the experiment. The MIT Pressurizer experiment was simulated with RETRAN thermal hydraulic code. Two cases were analyzed: insurge into partially filled pressurizer and outsurge from pressurizer. The results show that general trend agree with experiment results

  18. Characterization of starvation-induced dispersion in Pseudomonas putida biofilms

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    Gjermansen, Morten; Ragas, Paula Cornelia; Sternberg, Claus;

    2005-01-01

    that they must be able to regulate their ability to form biofilm and to dissolve biofilm. We present an investigation of a biofilm dissolution process occurring in flow-chamber-grown Pseudomonas putida biofilms. Local starvation-induced biofilm dissolution appears to be an integrated part of P. putida...

  19. Nachuntersuchung von Patienten mit arthroskopisch subacromialer Dekompression in Korrelation mit Klinik, MRT und isokinetischen Kraftverhältnissen

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    Oppelt, Britta

    2005-01-01

    Die arthroskopisch subakromiale Dekompression (ASD) ist eine häufig angewandte Methode, Patienten mit Impingement-Syndrom eine Linderung der Beschwerdesymptomatik zu verschaffen. 31 Patienten mit Impingement-Syndrom wurden präoperativ und nach ASD untersucht und die Ergebnisse mit Hilfe der MRT und des Cybex-Dynamometers korreliert.Ob die MRT eine Entscheidungshilfe bei der Indikationsstellung zur ASD beitragen kann, wurde ebenfalls untersucht. Die Ergebnisse zeigten eine Verbesserung des Con...

  20. Zusammenhang zwischen MRT-Befunden und klinischen Symptomen bei Hunden mit Hydrozephalus im Vergleich zu Hunden mit Ventrikulomegalie

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    Laubner, Steffi

    2016-01-01

    Erweiterte Ventrikel kommen häufig bei brachyzephalen Hunden vor, ohne dass die Tiere klinische Symptome zeigen. In diesem Fall wurde bisher die in der MRT gefundene Ventrikulomegalie als Normalbefund gewertet. Definierte Kriterien zur Abgrenzung einer Ventrikulomegalie von einem klinisch relevanten Hydrocephalus internus in der MRT fehlen bisher beim Hund. In einer retrospektiven Studie wurden MRT-Befunde von asymptomatischen Hunden mit erweiterten Ventrikeln mit solchen mit klinisch rele...

  1. Thyroid hemiagenesis with immunthyropathy; Schilddruesenhemiagenesie mit Immunthyreopathie

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    Mikosch, P.; Gallowitsch, H.J.; Kresnik, E.; Lind, P. [Landeskrankenhaus Klagenfurt (Austria). Abt. fuer Nuklearmedizin und Spezielle Endokrinologie

    1999-06-01

    A case of Graves` disease occurring in a patient with hemiagenesis is presented. The detection of the rare occurrence of a congential hemiagenesis is often made by either clinical symptoms of thyroid dysfunction or anatomical abnormalities such as nodular goiter. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism in the current case led to the diagnostic confirmation by scintiscanning and ultrasonography of an absent lobe. Anti-thyroid antibody studies documented the presence of Graves` disease within the remaining lobe. (orig.) [Deutsch] Die Hemiagenesie der Schilddruese stellt eine seltene angeborene Veraenderung dar. Diese angeborene Variante der Schilddruesenanlage wird in den meisten Faellen durh Auffaelligkeiten der Funktion oder der Groesse des vorhandenen Schilddruesenlappens zufaellig gefunden. Der Fall einer 57jaehrigen Frau mit einer Schilddruesenhemiagenesie in Kombination mit einer Immunthyreopatie Basedow wird vorgestellt. Die Zuweisung der Patientin zur Untersuchung erfolgte wegen einer Schilddruesenueberfunktion. Die erforderlichen diagnostischen Schritte zur Erstellung dieser beiden Schilddruesenveraenderungen waren ein 99m-Tc-Schilddruesenszintigramm, Ultraschall und Laborparameter der Schilddruese (fT4, TT3, bTSH, TAK, TPO, TRAK). (orig.)

  2. Hydrodynamic dispersion within porous biofilms

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    Davit, Y.

    2013-01-23

    Many microorganisms live within surface-associated consortia, termed biofilms, that can form intricate porous structures interspersed with a network of fluid channels. In such systems, transport phenomena, including flow and advection, regulate various aspects of cell behavior by controlling nutrient supply, evacuation of waste products, and permeation of antimicrobial agents. This study presents multiscale analysis of solute transport in these porous biofilms. We start our analysis with a channel-scale description of mass transport and use the method of volume averaging to derive a set of homogenized equations at the biofilm-scale in the case where the width of the channels is significantly smaller than the thickness of the biofilm. We show that solute transport may be described via two coupled partial differential equations or telegrapher\\'s equations for the averaged concentrations. These models are particularly relevant for chemicals, such as some antimicrobial agents, that penetrate cell clusters very slowly. In most cases, especially for nutrients, solute penetration is faster, and transport can be described via an advection-dispersion equation. In this simpler case, the effective diffusion is characterized by a second-order tensor whose components depend on (1) the topology of the channels\\' network; (2) the solute\\'s diffusion coefficients in the fluid and the cell clusters; (3) hydrodynamic dispersion effects; and (4) an additional dispersion term intrinsic to the two-phase configuration. Although solute transport in biofilms is commonly thought to be diffusion dominated, this analysis shows that hydrodynamic dispersion effects may significantly contribute to transport. © 2013 American Physical Society.

  3. Diffusion in biofilms respiring on electrodes

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    Renslow, Ryan S. [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States); Babauta, Jerome T. [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States); Majors, Paul D. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Beyenal, Haluk [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States)

    2012-11-15

    The goal of this study was to measure spatially and temporally resolved effective diffusion coefficients (De) in biofilms respiring on electrodes. Two model electrochemically active biofilms, Geobacter sulfurreducens PCA and Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, were investigated. A novel nuclear magnetic resonance microimaging perfusion probe capable of simultaneous electrochemical and pulsed-field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance (PFG-NMR) techniques was used. PFG-NMR allowed for noninvasive, nondestructive, high spatial resolution in situ De measurements in living biofilms respiring on electrodes. The electrodes were polarized so that they would act as the sole terminal electron acceptor for microbial metabolism. We present our results as both two-dimensional De heat maps and surface-averaged relative effective diffusion coefficient (Drs) depth profiles. We found that (1) Drs decreases with depth in G. sulfurreducens biofilms, following a sigmoid shape; (2) Drs at a given location decreases with G. sulfurreducens biofilm age; (3) average De and Drs profiles in G. sulfurreducens biofilms are lower than those in S. oneidensis biofilms—the G. sulfurreducens biofilms studied here were on average 10 times denser than the S. oneidensis biofilms; and (4) halting the respiration of a G. sulfurreducens biofilm decreases the De values. Density, reflected by De, plays a major role in the extracellular electron transfer strategies of electrochemically active biofilms.

  4. Dynamic interactions of neutrophils and biofilms

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    Josefine Hirschfeld

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: The majority of microbial infections in humans are biofilm-associated and difficult to treat, as biofilms are highly resistant to antimicrobial agents and protect themselves from external threats in various ways. Biofilms are tenaciously attached to surfaces and impede the ability of host defense molecules and cells to penetrate them. On the other hand, some biofilms are beneficial for the host and contain protective microorganisms. Microbes in biofilms express pathogen-associated molecular patterns and epitopes that can be recognized by innate immune cells and opsonins, leading to activation of neutrophils and other leukocytes. Neutrophils are part of the first line of defense and have multiple antimicrobial strategies allowing them to attack pathogenic biofilms. Objective/design: In this paper, interaction modes of neutrophils with biofilms are reviewed. Antimicrobial strategies of neutrophils and the counteractions of the biofilm communities, with special attention to oral biofilms, are presented. Moreover, possible adverse effects of neutrophil activity and their biofilm-promoting side effects are discussed. Results/conclusion: Biofilms are partially, but not entirely, protected against neutrophil assault, which include the processes of phagocytosis, degranulation, and formation of neutrophil extracellular traps. However, virulence factors of microorganisms, microbial composition, and properties of the extracellular matrix determine whether a biofilm and subsequent microbial spread can be controlled by neutrophils and other host defense factors. Besides, neutrophils may inadvertently contribute to the physical and ecological stability of biofilms by promoting selection of more resistant strains. Moreover, neutrophil enzymes can degrade collagen and other proteins and, as a result, cause harm to the host tissues. These parameters could be crucial factors in the onset of periodontal inflammation and the subsequent tissue breakdown.

  5. Alginate production affects Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm development and architecture, but is not essential for biofilm formation

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    Stapper, A.P.; Narasimhan, G.; Oman, D.E.;

    2004-01-01

    Extracellular polymers can facilitate the non-specific attachment of bacteria to surfaces and hold together developing biofilms. This study was undertaken to qualitatively and quantitatively compare the architecture of biofilms produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain PAO1 and its alginate...... biofilm formation using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Biofilm Image Processing (BIP) and Community Statistics (COMSTAT) software programs were used to provide quantitative measurements of the two-dimensional biofilm images. All three strains formed distinguishable biofilm architectures, indicating...... that the production of alginate is not critical for biofilm formation. Observation over a period of 5 days indicated a three-stage development pattern consisting of initiation, establishment and maturation. Furthermore, this study showed that phenotypically distinguishable biofilms can be...

  6. Inhibition of Biofilm Formation Using Novel Nanostructured Surfaces Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Biofilms are ubiquitous in the environment. Few surfaces resist biofilm formation, most promote it. Biofilm formation poses problems in water systems as they can...

  7. Microbial Biofilms in Endodontic Infections: An Update Review

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    Zahed Mohammadi

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Biofilms and microbial aggregates are the common mechanisms for the survival of bacteria in nature. In other words, the ability to form biofilms has been regarded as a virulence factor. Microbial biofilms play an essential role in several infectious diseases such as pulp and periradicular pathosis. The aim of this article was to review the adaptation mechanisms of biofilms, their roles in pulpal and periapical pathosis, factors influencing biofilm formation, mechanisms of their antimicrobial resistance, models developed to create biofilms, observation techniques of endodontic biofilms, and the effects of root canal irrigants and medicaments as well as lasers on endodontic biofilms. The search was performed from 1982 to December 2010, and was limited to papers in English language. The keywords searched on Medline were "biofilms and endodontics," "biofilms and root canal irrigation," "biofilms and intra-canal medicament," and "biofilms and lasers." The reference section of each article was manually searched to find other suitable sources of information.

  8. Potenziale zur Steigerung der Kundenzufriedenheit mit Automobilwerkstätten

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    Stechmann, Lea

    2011-01-01

    Kundenzufriedenheit erweist sich zunehmend als bedeutender Wirtschaftsfaktor. Wie gezeigt wurde, besteht zwischen wirtschaftlichem Erfolg, Qualität und dem Grad der erreichten Zufriedenheit ein positiver Zusammenhang. Die Kundenzufriedenheit mit einigen Automobilherstellern und ihren Vertragswerkstätten muss zurzeit jedoch als nicht ausreichend gelten. Allgemein wird die Zufriedenheit von Automobilkunden von verschiedenen Aspekten bestimmt, wobei mit Blick auf die Kundenbindung die Zufriedenh...

  9. Historisches Rätsel Physik mit Gewehr und Eiern

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    Loos, Andreas

    2003-11-01

    Es fing schon gut an: Mit zehn Jahren saß der begabte Junge bereits in der Universität, wo ihn kein Geringerer als sein Vater persönlich unterrichtete. Damit schlug dieser zwei Fliegen mit einer Klappe: Sein Sohn lernte etwas Gescheites, und er war zugleich in sicherer Obhut.

  10. Tissue Velocity, Strain und Strain Rate bei Hunden mit Mitralklappenendokardiose

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    Javornik, Ana

    2007-01-01

    In der vorliegenden Arbeit „Tissue Velocity, Strain und Strain Rate bei Hunden mit Mitralklappenendokardiose“ wurden erstmals die Geschwindigkeits- und Verformungsparameter zur Evaluierung von Hunden mit Mitralklappenendokardiose angewendet. Diese erweisen sich als neue und viel versprechende Möglichkeiten zur Quantifizierung der regionalen Myokardfunktion. Die myokardialen Funktionsparameter finden in der Humanmedizin weit verbreitete Anwendung und auch in der Tiermedizin erlangen sie zunehm...

  11. A Note on Partial Merchant Internalization and MIT Threshold

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    Lipatov, Vilen

    2015-01-01

    In framework of Rochet and Tirole (2011), I allow for partial merchant internalization and study how MIT threshold is related to levels of inter-change fee that maximize various components of social welfare. I find that cost absorption on the side of issuers and merchant heterogeneity each bias MIT threshold upward from TUS maximizing level.

  12. The composition and compression of biofilms developed on ultrafiltration membranes determine hydraulic biofilm resistance.

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    Derlon, Nicolas; Grütter, Alexander; Brandenberger, Fabienne; Sutter, Anja; Kuhlicke, Ute; Neu, Thomas R; Morgenroth, Eberhard

    2016-10-01

    This study aimed at identifying how to improve the level of permeate flux stabilisation during gravity-driven membrane filtration without control of biofilm formation. The focus was therefore on understanding (i) how the different fractions of the biofilms (inorganics particles, bacterial cells, EPS matrix) influence its hydraulic resistance and (ii) how the compression of biofilms impacts its hydraulic resistance, i.e., can water head be increased to increase the level of permeate flux stabilisation. Biofilms were developed on ultrafiltration membranes at 88 and 284 cm water heads with dead-end filtration for around 50 days. A larger water head resulted in a smaller biofilm permeability (150 and 50 L m(-2) h(-1) bar(-1) for biofilms grown at 88 cm and 284 cm water head, respectively). Biofilms were mainly composed of EPS (>90% in volume). The comparison of the hydraulic resistances of biofilms to model fouling layers indicated that most of the hydraulic resistance is due to the EPS matrix. The compressibility of the biofilm was also evaluated by subjecting the biofilms to short-term (few minutes) and long-term variations of transmembrane pressures (TMP). A sudden change of TMP resulted in an instantaneous and reversible change of biofilm hydraulic resistance. A long-term change of TMP induced a slow change in the biofilm hydraulic resistance. Our results demonstrate that the response of biofilms to a TMP change has two components: an immediate variation of resistance (due to compression/relaxation) and a long-term response (linked to biofilm adaptation/growth). Our results provide relevant information about the relationship between the operating conditions in terms of TMP, the biofilm structure and composition and the resulting biofilm hydraulic resistance. These findings have practical implications for a broad range of membrane systems. PMID:27318448

  13. Artificial biofilms establish the role of matrix interactions in staphylococcal biofilm assembly and disassembly

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    Stewart, Elizabeth J.; Mahesh Ganesan; Younger, John G.; Solomon, Michael J.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate that the microstructural and mechanical properties of bacterial biofilms can be created through colloidal self-assembly of cells and polymers, and thereby link the complex material properties of biofilms to well understood colloidal and polymeric behaviors. This finding is applied to soften and disassemble staphylococcal biofilms through pH changes. Bacterial biofilms are viscoelastic, structured communities of cells encapsulated in an extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) co...

  14. Streptococcus gordonii Biofilm Formation: Identification of Genes that Code for Biofilm Phenotypes

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    Loo, C. Y.; Corliss, D. A.; Ganeshkumar, N.

    2000-01-01

    Viridans streptococci, which include Streptococcus gordonii, are pioneer oral bacteria that initiate dental plaque formation. Sessile bacteria in a biofilm exhibit a mode of growth that is distinct from that of planktonic bacteria. Biofilm formation of S. gordonii Challis was characterized using an in vitro biofilm formation assay on polystyrene surfaces. The same assay was used as a nonbiased method to screen isogenic mutants generated by Tn916 transposon mutagenesis for defective biofilm fo...

  15. Biological nutrient removal from municipal wastewater in sequencing batch biofilm reactors

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    Arnz, P.

    2001-07-01

    Enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) has only been put into practice in activated sludge systems. In recent years, the Sequencing Batch Biofilm Reactor (SBBR) has emerged as an alternative allowing EBPR to be achieved in a biofilm reactor. High efficiency of phosphate removal was demonstrated in a SBBR fed with synthetic wastewater containing acetate. The aim of this study was to investigate EBPR from municipal wastewater in semi full-scale and laboratory-scale SBBRs. The focus of the investigation in the semi full-scale reactor was on determination of achievable reaction rates and effluent concentrations under varying influent conditions throughout all seasons of a year. Interactions between nitrogen and phosphorus removal and the influence of backwashing on the reactor performance was examined. Summing up, it can be stated that the SBBR proved to be an attractive alternative to activated sludge systems. Phosphorus elimination efficiency was comparable to common systems but biomass sedimentation problems were avoided. In order to further exploit the potential of the SBBR and to achieve reactor performances superior to those of existing systems designing a special biofilm carrier material may allow to increase the phenomenon of simultaneous nitrification/denitrification while maintaining EBPR activity. (orig.) [German] Die vermehrte biologische Phosphorelimination (Bio-P) aus Abwasser wurde bisher nur in Belebtschlammsystemen praktiziert. In den letzten Jahren konnte jedoch gezeigt werden, dass sich durch die Anwendung des Sequencing Batch Biofilm Reactor (SBBR) - Verfahrens auch in Biofilmreaktoren Bio-P verwirklichen laesst. Versuche in Laboranlagen haben ergeben, dass sich eine weitgehende Phosphorelimination aufrecht erhalten laesst, wenn die Reaktoren mit einem ideal zusammengesetzten, synthetischen Abwasser beschickt werden. Ziel dieser Arbeit war es, Bio-P aus kommunalem Abwasser in SBBR-Versuchsanlagen im halbtechnischen und im Labormassstab zu

  16. Influence of flow on the structure of bacterial biofilms.

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    Stoodley, Paul; Boyle, John D.; Lappin-Scott, Hilary M.

    2000-01-01

    Bacteria attached to surfaces in biofilms are responsible for the contamination of industrial processes and many types of microbial infections and disease. Once established, biofilms are notoriously difficult to eradicate. A more complete understanding of how biofilms form and behave is crucial if we are to predict, and ultimately control, biofilm processes. A major breakthrough in biofilm research came in the early 1990’s when confocal scanning laser microscopy (CSLM) showed that biofilms fo...

  17. How Staphylococcus aureus biofilms develop their characteristic structure

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    Periasamy, Saravanan; Joo, Hwang-Soo; Duong, Anthony C.; Bach, Thanh-Huy L.; Tan, Vee Y.; Chatterjee, Som S.; Cheung, Gordon Y. C.; Otto, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Biofilms cause significant problems in the environment and during the treatment of infections. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying biofilm formation are poorly understood. There is a particular lack of knowledge about biofilm maturation processes, such as biofilm structuring and detachment, which are deemed crucial for the maintenance of biofilm viability and the dissemination of cells from a biofilm. Here, we identify the phenol-soluble modulin (PSM) surfactant peptides as key biofi...

  18. The Challenging World of Biofilm Physiology.

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    Donné, Joke; Dewilde, Sylvia

    2015-01-01

    Worldwide, infectious diseases are one of the leading causes of death among children. At least 65% of all infections are caused by the biofilm mode of bacterial growth. Bacteria colonise surfaces and grow as multicellular biofilm communities surrounded by a polymeric matrix as a common survival strategy. These sessile communities endow bacteria with high tolerance to antimicrobial agents and hence cause persistent and chronic bacterial infections, such as dental caries, periodontitis, otitis media, cystic fibrosis and pneumonia. The highly complex nature and the rapid adaptability of the biofilm population impede our understanding of the process of biofilm formation, but an important role for oxygen-binding proteins herein is clear. Much research on this bacterial lifestyle is already performed, from genome/proteome analysis to in vivo antibiotic susceptibility testing, but without significant progress in biofilm treatment or eradication. This review will present the multiple challenges of biofilm research and discuss possibilities to cross these barriers in future experimental studies. PMID:26616519

  19. Enzymatic removal and disinfection of bacterial biofilms

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    Johansen, Charlotte; Falholt, Per; Gram, Lone

    1997-01-01

    Model biofilms of Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Pseudomonas fluorescens, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were made on steel and polypropylene substrata. Plaque-resembling biofilms of Streptococcus mutans, Actinomyces, viscosus, and Fusobacterium nucleatum were made on saliva......-coated hydroxyapatite. The activity of enzymes against bacterial cells in biofilm was measured by fluorescence microscopy and an indirect conductance test in which evolution of carbon dioxide was measured. Glucose oxidase combined with lactoperoxidase was bactericidal against biofilm bacteria but did not remove the...... biofilm from the substrata. A complex mixture of polysaccharide-hydrolyzing enzymes was able to remove bacterial biofilm from steel and polypropylene substrata but did not have a significant bactericidal activity. Combining oxidoreductases with polysaccharide-hydrolyzing enzymes resulted in bactericidal...

  20. Current understanding of multi-species biofilms

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    Yang, Liang; Liu, Yang; Wu, Hong;

    2011-01-01

    Direct observation of a wide range of natural microorganisms has revealed the fact that the majority of microbes persist as surface-attached communities surrounded by matrix materials, called biofilms. Biofilms can be formed by a single bacterial strain. However, most natural biofilms are actually...... formed by multiple bacterial species. Conventional methods for bacterial cleaning, such as applications of antibiotics and/or disinfectants are often ineffective for biofilm populations due to their special physiology and physical matrix barrier. It has been estimated that billions of dollars are spent...... every year worldwide to deal with damage to equipment, contaminations of products, energy losses, and infections in human beings resulted from microbial biofilms. Microorganisms compete, cooperate, and communicate with each other in multi-species biofilms. Understanding the mechanisms of multi...

  1. Mechanisms of biofilm resistance to antimicrobial agents.

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    Mah, T F; O'Toole, G A

    2001-01-01

    Biofilms are communities of microorganisms attached to a surface. It has become clear that biofilm-grown cells express properties distinct from planktonic cells, one of which is an increased resistance to antimicrobial agents. Recent work has indicated that slow growth and/or induction of an rpoS-mediated stress response could contribute to biocide resistance. The physical and/or chemical structure of exopolysaccharides or other aspects of biofilm architecture could also confer resistance by exclusion of biocides from the bacterial community. Finally, biofilm-grown bacteria might develop a biofilm-specific biocide-resistant phenotype. Owing to the heterogeneous nature of the biofilm, it is likely that there are multiple resistance mechanisms at work within a single community. Recent research has begun to shed light on how and why surface-attached microbial communities develop resistance to antimicrobial agents. PMID:11166241

  2. Development of a simplified biofilm model

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    Sarkar, Sushovan; Mazumder, Debabrata

    2015-11-01

    A simplified approach for analyzing the biofilm process in deriving an easy model has been presented. This simplified biofilm model formulated correlations between substrate concentration in the influent/effluent and at biofilm-liquid interface along with substrate flux and biofilm thickness. The model essentially considered the external mass transport according to Fick's Law, steady state substrate as well as biomass balance for attached growth microorganisms. In substrate utilization, Monod growth kinetics has been followed incorporating relevant boundary conditions at the liquid-biofilm interface and at the attachment surface. The numerical solution of equations was accomplished using Runge-Kutta method and accordingly an integrated computer program was developed. The model has been successfully applied in a distinct set of trials with varying range of representative input variables. The model performance was compared with available existing methods and it was found an easy, accurate method that can be used for process design of biofilm reactor.

  3. L-Tryptophan prevents Escherichia coli biofilm formation and triggers biofilm degradation.

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    Shimazaki, Junji; Furukawa, Soichi; Ogihara, Hirokazu; Morinaga, Yasushi

    2012-03-23

    The effect of deletion of trp operon and tna operon on the Escherichia coli biofilm formation was investigated in order to elucidate the role of L-tryptophan metabolism in biofilm formation. trp operon deletion mutants ΔtrpC, ΔtrpD and ΔtrpE deficient in L-tryptophan biosynthesis showed higher biofilm formation. In addition, ΔtnaC with increased L-tryptophan degradation activity showed higher biofilm formation. On the contrary, ΔtnaA deletion mutant which lost L-tryptophan degradation activity showed low biofilm formation. From these results, it was suggested that decrease of intracellular L-tryptophan level induced biofilm formation and increase of L-tryptophan repressed biofilm formation. So the effect of the addition of L-tryptophan to the medium on the E. coli biofilm formation was investigated. L-Tryptophan addition at starting culture decreased biofilm formation and furthermore L-tryptophan addition after 16 h culture induced the degradation of preformed biofilm. From the above results, it was suggested that maintenance of high intracellular L-tryptophan concentration prevents E. coli biofilm formation and elevation of intracellular L-tryptophan concentration triggers degradation of matured biofilm. PMID:22386992

  4. Drug resistance mechanisms of fungal biofilms

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    Seneviratne, CJ; Samaranayake, LP

    2011-01-01

    Fungi are ubiquitous in nature and exist in soil, water, plants, and in animals and humans. Similar to bacteria, fungi also form confluent biofilms either singly (mono-species) or with other microbial species (mixed-species). Fungal biofilms are known to be highly resistant to the adverse environmental conditions including antimicrobials and biocide compared to its planktonic (free-floating) counterparts. Although bacterial biofilms have been studied in detail, relatively little is known of f...

  5. Biofilm growth and hydraulic conditions in sewers

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    Larrarte, Frédérique; Pons, Marie Noëlle

    2011-01-01

    The development of biofilm in sewers has been monitored using glass coupons placed on the walls. Two experimental sites, differing in terms of the particulate pollution transported by the wastewater and the wastewater velocity, were tested. The biofilm growth, measured by opacity and dry weight, is a function of the number of days the coupons have been really immersed in the wastewater. However the linear correlations which have been obtained between the amount of biofilm and the number of da...

  6. Membrane supported biofilm reactors, a litterature review

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    Hem, L.; Catsivilas, F.

    1996-01-01

    Membrane supported biofilm reactor is a new technology for biological degredation of pollutants. The utilisation of mebranes as a support for biofilm growth may occure in treatment of several types of wastewater, as removing of nitrogen from municipal wastewater or removing of spesific pollutants from industrial wastewaters. The advantages of such a technology are a better aeration control process than most other biofilm reactors, and the possibility of bubble-free aeration in the removal of ...

  7. Penetration of erythromycin through Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm

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    LIN Mao-hu; HE Lei; GAO Jie; LIU Yun-xi; SUO Ji-jiang; XING Yu-bin; JIA Ning

    2013-01-01

    Background The catheter related infection caused by Staphylococcus epiderrnidis biofilm is increasing and difficult to treat by antimicrobial chemotherapy.The properties of biofilms that give rise to antibiotic resistance are only partially understood.This study aimed to elucidate the penetration of erythromycin through Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm.Methods The penetration ratio of erythromycin through Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilms of 1457,1457-msrA,and wild isolate S68 was detected by biofilm penetration model at different time points according to the standard regression curve.The RNNDNA ratio and the cell density within the biofilms were observed by confocal laser microscope and transmission electromicroscope,respectively.Results The penetration ratios of erythromycin through the biofilms of 1457,1457-msrA,and S68 after cultivation for 36 hours were 0.93,0.55 and 0.4,respectively.The erythromycin penetration ratio through 1457 biofilm (0.58 after 8 hours)was higher than that through the other two (0.499 and 0.31 after 24 hours).Lower growth rate of the cells in biofilm was shown,with reduction of RNA/DNA proportion observed by confocal laser microscope through acridine orange stain.Compared with the control group observed by transmission electrmicroscope,the cell density of biofilm air face was lower than that of agar face,with more cell debris.Conclusions Erythromycin could penetrate to the Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm,but could not kill the cells thoroughly.The lower growth rate of the cells within biofilm could help decreasing the erythromycin susceptibility.

  8. Enzymatic Detachment of Staphylococcus epidermidis Biofilms

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    Kaplan, Jeffrey B.; Ragunath, Chandran; Velliyagounder, Kabilan; Fine, Daniel H.; Ramasubbu, Narayanan

    2004-01-01

    The gram-positive bacterium Staphylococcus epidermidis is the most common cause of infections associated with catheters and other indwelling medical devices. S. epidermidis produces an extracellular slime that enables it to form adherent biofilms on plastic surfaces. We found that a biofilm-releasing enzyme produced by the gram-negative periodontal pathogen Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans rapidly and efficiently removed S. epidermidis biofilms from plastic surfaces. The enzyme worked by ...

  9. Mechanisms of Candida biofilm drug resistance

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    Taff, Heather T.; Mitchell, Kaitlin F.; Edward, Jessica A; Andes, David R.

    2013-01-01

    Candida commonly adheres to implanted medical devices, growing as a resilient biofilm capable of withstanding extraordinarily high antifungal concentrations. As currently available antifungals have minimal activity against biofilms, new drugs to treat these recalcitrant infections are urgently needed. Recent investigations have begun to shed light on the mechanisms behind the profound resistance associated with the biofilm mode of growth. This resistance appears to be multifactorial, involvin...

  10. Iron and Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation

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    Banin, Ehud; Vasil, Michael L.; Greenberg, E. Peter

    2005-01-01

    Iron serves as a signal in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm development. We examined the influence of mutations in known and putative iron acquisition-signaling genes on biofilm morphology. In iron-sufficient medium, mutants that cannot obtain iron through the high-affinity pyoverdine iron acquisition system form thin biofilms similar to those formed by the parent under low iron conditions. If an iron source for a different iron acquisition system is provided to a pyoverdine mutant, normal biof...

  11. Spatial Patterns of Carbonate Biomineralization in Biofilms

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    Li, Xiaobao; Chopp, David L.; Russin, William A.; Brannon, Paul T.; Parsek, Matthew R.; Packman, Aaron I.

    2015-01-01

    Microbially catalyzed precipitation of carbonate minerals is an important process in diverse biological, geological, and engineered systems. However, the processes that regulate carbonate biomineralization and their impacts on biofilms are largely unexplored, mainly because of the inability of current methods to directly observe biomineralization within biofilms. Here, we present a method for in situ, real-time imaging of biomineralization in biofilms and use it to show that Pseudomonas aerug...

  12. Water quality and Health: Biofilms and Legionella

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    Gea-Izquierdo Enrique; Loza-Murguía Manuel

    2016-01-01

    This paper discusses the drinking water quality and its relation to Public Health. It introduces the concept of biofilm formation under stood from the perspective of biological contamination. In particular, attends to Legionella spp., ecological niches and related legionnaires’ disease. It also develops the evolution of biofilms, their influence on water quality, treatment and control. Finally, shows the relationship between certain microorganisms included in aquatic biofilms, the substrate w...

  13. Klinische Ergebnisse der Schulterendoprothetik bei Patienten mit Erkrankungen aus dem rheumatischen Formenkreis im Vergleich zu Patienten mit degenerativ bedingter Omarthrose

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    Wätzig, Christine

    2010-01-01

    Im Rahmen dieser retrospektiven Studie wurden 23 Patienten mit Erkrankungen aus dem rheumatischen Formenkreis, überwiegend rheumatoide Arthritis und 22 Kontrollpersonen mit degenerativ bedingter Omarthrose, welchen zwischen 1993 und 2005 eine Schulterendoprothese unterschiedlichen Typs implantiert worden war, durchschnittlich 28 Monate postoperativ klinisch und radiologisch nachuntersucht. Das Alter zum Zeitpunkt der Operation betrug im Mittel 65 Jahre. Die Ergebnisse wurden anhand des Consta...

  14. MIT 12 TESLA coil experimental results

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    The MIT 12 tesla coil was fabricated using a 486-strand bronze-matrix Nb3Sn, JBK-75 superalloy sheathed Internally Cooled Cabled Superconductor (ICCS). The rectangularly shaped ICCS conductor was wound into three double pancakes prior to a six-day reaction (4 days at 7000C followed by 2 days at 7300C). Prior to installation in the High Field Test Facility (HFTF) at LLNL the three subcoils were insulated and epoxy potted. With the HFTF providing a 9 T background field, the test coil was used to raise the central field up to 12 T. Measurements of critical current are reported for fields in the 11 to 12 T range for temperatures of 4.2, 5.2 and 7.5 K with supercritical as well as 1 atm, two-phase internal helium. Steady-state, inductively heated as well as quench induced operations are described

  15. Biofilm responses to marine fish farm wastes

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    Sanz-Lazaro, Carlos, E-mail: carsanz@um.es [Departamento de Ecologia e Hidrologia, Facultad de Biologia, Universidad de Murcia, 30100 Murcia (Spain); Navarrete-Mier, Francisco; Marin, Arnaldo [Departamento de Ecologia e Hidrologia, Facultad de Biologia, Universidad de Murcia, 30100 Murcia (Spain)

    2011-03-15

    The changes in the biofilm community due to organic matter enrichment, eutrophication and metal contamination derived from fish farming were studied. The biofilm biomass, polysaccharide content, trophic niche and element accumulation were quantified along an environmental gradient of fish farm wastes in two seasons. Biofilm structure and trophic diversity was influenced by seasonality as well as by the fish farm waste load. Fish farming enhanced the accumulation of organic carbon, nutrients, selenium and metals by the biofilm community. The accumulation pattern of these elements was similar regardless of the structure and trophic niche of the community. This suggests that the biofilm communities can be considered a reliable tool for assessing dissolved aquaculture wastes. Due to the ubiquity of biofilms and its wide range of consumers, its role as a sink of dissolved wastes may have important implications for the transfer of aquaculture wastes to higher trophic levels in coastal systems. - Research highlights: > Biofilms can act as a trophic pathway of fish farm dissolved wastes. > Biofilms are reliable tools for monitoring fish farm dissolved wastes. > The influence of the fish farm dissolved wastes can be detected 120-350 m from farm. - Under the influence of fish farming biofilm accumulates organic carbon, nutrients, selenium and metals, regardless of the structure and trophic niche of the community.

  16. Targeting quorum sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

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    Jakobsen, Tim Holm; Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Jensen, Peter Østrup;

    2013-01-01

    Bacterial resistance to conventional antibiotics combined with an increasing acknowledgement of the role of biofilms in chronic infections has led to a growing interest in new antimicrobial strategies that target the biofilm mode of growth. In the aggregated biofilm mode, cell-to-cell communication...... alternative antibacterial strategies. Here, we review state of the art research of quorum sensing inhibitors against the opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is found in a number of biofilm-associated infections and identified as the predominant organism infecting the lungs of cystic...

  17. Spatial structure, cooperation and competition in biofilms.

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    Nadell, Carey D; Drescher, Knut; Foster, Kevin R

    2016-09-01

    Bacteria often live within matrix-embedded communities, termed biofilms, which are now understood to be a major mode of microbial life. The study of biofilms has revealed their vast complexity both in terms of resident species composition and phenotypic diversity. Despite this complexity, theoretical and experimental work in the past decade has identified common principles for understanding microbial biofilms. In this Review, we discuss how the spatial arrangement of genotypes within a community influences the cooperative and competitive cell-cell interactions that define biofilm form and function. Furthermore, we argue that a perspective rooted in ecology and evolution is fundamental to progress in microbiology. PMID:27452230

  18. Silver-Palladium Surfaces Inhibit Biofilm Formation

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    Chiang, Wen-Chi; Schroll, Casper; Hilbert, Lisbeth Rischel;

    2009-01-01

    Undesired biofilm formation is a major concern in many areas. In the present study, we investigated biofilm-inhibiting properties of a silver-palladium surface that kills bacteria by generating microelectric fields and electrochemical redox processes. For evaluation of the biofilm inhibition...... efficacy and study of the biofilm inhibition mechanism, the silver-sensitive Escherichia coli J53 and the silver-resistant E. coli J53[pMG101] strains were used as model organisms, and batch and flow chamber setups were used as model systems. In the case of the silver-sensitive strain, the silver...

  19. Studying Bacterial Multispecies Biofilms: Where to Start?

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    Røder, Henriette L; Sørensen, Søren J; Burmølle, Mette

    2016-06-01

    The high prevalence and significance of multispecies biofilms have now been demonstrated in various bacterial habitats with medical, industrial, and ecological relevance. It is highly evident that several species of bacteria coexist and interact in biofilms, which highlights the need for evaluating the approaches used to study these complex communities. This review focuses on the establishment of multispecies biofilms in vitro, interspecies interactions in microhabitats, and how to select communities for evaluation. Studies have used different experimental approaches; here we evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of varying the degree of complexity. This review aims to facilitate multispecies biofilm research in order to expand the current limited knowledge on interspecies interactions. PMID:27004827

  20. Enzymatic removal and disinfection of bacterial biofilms

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    Johansen, Charlotte; Falholt, Per; Gram, Lone

    1997-01-01

    -coated hydroxyapatite. The activity of enzymes against bacterial cells in biofilm was measured by fluorescence microscopy and an indirect conductance test in which evolution of carbon dioxide was measured. Glucose oxidase combined with lactoperoxidase was bactericidal against biofilm bacteria but did not remove the...... biofilm from the substrata. A complex mixture of polysaccharide-hydrolyzing enzymes was able to remove bacterial biofilm from steel and polypropylene substrata but did not have a significant bactericidal activity. Combining oxidoreductases with polysaccharide-hydrolyzing enzymes resulted in bactericidal...

  1. Electroactive biofilms of sulphate reducing bacteria

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    Biofilms formed from a pure strain of Desulfovibrio desulfuricans 27774 on stainless steel and graphite polarised surfaces were studied. The polarisation conditions applied were -0.4 V vs. SCE for different times. A cathodic current related with the biofilms growth was observed with a maximum intensity of -270 mA m-2 that remained stable for several days using graphite electrodes. These sulphate reducing bacteria biofilms present electrocatalytic activity towards hydrogen and oxygen reduction reactions. Electrode polarisation has a selective effect on the catalytic activity. The biofilms were also observed by scanning electronic microscopy revealing the formation of homogeneous films on the surfaces

  2. Biofilm responses to marine fish farm wastes

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    The changes in the biofilm community due to organic matter enrichment, eutrophication and metal contamination derived from fish farming were studied. The biofilm biomass, polysaccharide content, trophic niche and element accumulation were quantified along an environmental gradient of fish farm wastes in two seasons. Biofilm structure and trophic diversity was influenced by seasonality as well as by the fish farm waste load. Fish farming enhanced the accumulation of organic carbon, nutrients, selenium and metals by the biofilm community. The accumulation pattern of these elements was similar regardless of the structure and trophic niche of the community. This suggests that the biofilm communities can be considered a reliable tool for assessing dissolved aquaculture wastes. Due to the ubiquity of biofilms and its wide range of consumers, its role as a sink of dissolved wastes may have important implications for the transfer of aquaculture wastes to higher trophic levels in coastal systems. - Research highlights: → Biofilms can act as a trophic pathway of fish farm dissolved wastes. → Biofilms are reliable tools for monitoring fish farm dissolved wastes. → The influence of the fish farm dissolved wastes can be detected 120-350 m from farm. - Under the influence of fish farming biofilm accumulates organic carbon, nutrients, selenium and metals, regardless of the structure and trophic niche of the community.

  3. Aspartate inhibits Staphylococcus aureus biofilm formation.

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    Yang, Hang; Wang, Mengyue; Yu, Junping; Wei, Hongping

    2015-04-01

    Biofilm formation renders Staphylococcus aureus highly resistant to conventional antibiotics and host defenses. Four D-amino acids (D-Leu, D-Met, D-Trp and D-Tyr) have been reported to be able to inhibit biofilm formation and disassemble established S. aureus biofilms. We report here for the first time that both D- and L-isoforms of aspartate (Asp) inhibited S. aureus biofilm formation on tissue culture plates. Similar biofilm inhibition effects were also observed against other staphylococcal strains, including S. saprophyticus, S. equorum, S. chromogenes and S. haemolyticus. It was found that Asp at high concentrations (>10 mM) inhibited the growth of planktonic N315 cells, but at subinhibitory concentrations decreased the cellular metabolic activity without influencing cell growth. The decreased cellular metabolic activity might be the reason for the production of less protein and DNA in the matrix of the biofilms formed in the presence of Asp. However, varied inhibition efficacies of Asp were observed for biofilms formed by clinical staphylococcal isolates. There might be mechanisms other than decreasing the metabolic activity, e.g. the biofilm phenotypes, affecting biofilm formation in the presence of Asp. PMID:25687923

  4. Focus on the physics of biofilms

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    Lecuyer, Sigolene; Stocker, Roman; Rusconi, Roberto

    2015-03-01

    Bacteria are the smallest and most abundant form of life. They have traditionally been considered as primarily planktonic organisms, swimming or floating in a liquid medium, and this view has shaped many of the approaches to microbial processes, including for example the design of most antibiotics. However, over the last few decades it has become clear that many bacteria often adopt a sessile, surface-associated lifestyle, forming complex multicellular communities called biofilms. Bacterial biofilms are found in a vast range of environments and have major consequences on human health and industrial processes, from biofouling of surfaces to the spread of diseases. Although the study of biofilms has been biologists’ territory for a long time, a multitude of phenomena in the formation and development of biofilms hinges on physical processes. We are pleased to present a collection of research papers that discuss some of the latest developments in many of the areas to which physicists can contribute a deeper understanding of biofilms, both experimentally and theoretically. The topics covered range from the influence of physical environmental parameters on cell attachment and subsequent biofilm growth, to the use of local probes and imaging techniques to investigate biofilm structure, to the development of biofilms in complex environments and the modeling of colony morphogenesis. The results presented contribute to addressing some of the major challenges in microbiology today, including the prevention of surface contamination, the optimization of biofilm disruption methods and the effectiveness of antibiotic treatments.

  5. Beurteilung problematischer Verhaltensweisen bei Kindern mit intellektueller Behinderung mit der "Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form"

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    Sarimski, Klaus

    2004-01-01

    Epidemiologische Studien an Kindern und Jugendlichen mit intellektueller Behinderung zeigen eine deutlich erhöhte Rate von emotionalen Störungen und Verhaltensproblemen. Es fehlt aber bisher an standardisierten Beurteilungsverfahren, die für eine spezifische und objektive Diagnostik in dieser Gruppe geeignet wären. Es werden die Erfahrungen beim Einsatz der "Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form" in einer Gruppe von 246 Kindern zu Reliabilität, Übereinstimmung verschiedener Beurteiler, konverge...

  6. Wirbelsäulenfrakturen bei Patienten mit Spondylitis ankylosans : eine retrospektive Analyse mit 45 Patienten

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    Smajic, Samir

    2011-01-01

    Problem: Wirbelsäulenfrakturen bei Patienten mit Morbus Bechterew sind selten und immer als hochinstabil zu bewerten. Es gibt wenige Erkenntnisse über Demographie, klinisches Bild, chirurgisches Vorgehen und Komplikationen, welche in der vorliegenden Arbeit untersucht wurden. Ergebnis: 45 Patienten wiesen insgesamt 70 Wirbelkörperfrakturen auf, wobei die untere Hals- und untere Brustwirbelsäule bevorzugt involviert waren. Fast 60 % wiesen zum Operationszeitpunkt neurologische Ausf...

  7. Multiple Mittelwertvergleiche - parametrisch und nichtparametrisch - sowie α-Adjustierungen mit praktischen Anwendungen mit R und SPSS

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    Lüpsen, Haiko

    2014-01-01

    Die etwa 20 bekanntesten parametrischen und ca. 10 nichtparametrischen Verfahren für multiple Mittelwertvergleiche sowie ca. 20 Methoden für alpha-Korrekturen bei Paarvergleichen werden vorgestellt. Dabei stehen solche im Vordergrund, die in R und/oder in SPSS ohne großen Aufwand anwendbar sind. Es werden die Voraussetzungen der Verfahren besprochen sowie Lösungen mit R und SPSS ausführlich gezeigt.

  8. Zusammenhang von Vagus Evozierten Potentialen mit Riechfunktion gemessen mit Sniffin’ Sticks

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    Beeretz, Stefan Georg

    2016-01-01

    Die Alzheimer Erkrankung (AD) als Hauptursache für eine Demenz ist nicht zuletzt aufgrund ihrer demographischen Entwicklung eine der größten medizinischen und ökonomischen Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts. Weltweit befassen sich multiple Forschungsprojekte intensiv mit Pathogenese, Früherkennung, Therapie und Prävention dieser Erkrankung. Obwohl es derzeit keine Möglichkeit gibt, der AD therapeutisch oder präventiv entgegenzuwirken wird vermutet, dass zukünftige Therapiemethoden am wirk...

  9. Current activities at the MIT research reactor

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    The MIT Research Reactor (MITR) is a 5 MW nuclear research reactor that is owned and operated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to further its educational and research goals at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The facility (MITR-II) uses finned, aluminum-clad, plate-type fuel that is cooled and moderated by light water and reflected by heavy water. This paper provides an overview of current activities at the MITR including: (1) The current operating license will expire in August 1999. A decision has been made to pursue a power upgrade to the maximum level (6-7 MW) that can be safely supported by the existing heat removal equipment. Preparation of relicensing documents and results of thermal hydraulic studies are reviewed. (2) The status of an on-going phase-I clinical trial of BNCT for both glioblastoma multiform and metastatic melanoma will be reported. (3) A fission converter facility has been designed for advanced BNCT clinical trials and for routine therapy. This facility will provide a high quality epithermal neutron beam which is capable of treating a patient in a few minutes. Construction of the facility is currently in progress. The facility's design is summarized. (4) A recent study that was completed at the MIT-II using NAA is reported. This study entailed evaluation of the air quality in Upstate New York from October 1991 through September 1993. (5) A number of unique experimental water loop facilities for the study of light water power reactor coolant chemistry have been installed and operated in the MITR-II. The capabilities and the research objectives addressed by these facilities are summarized. (author)

  10. Current activities at the MIT research reactor

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    Hu, Lin Wen; Bernard, John A.; Harling, Otto K.; Kohse, Gordon E.; Olmez, Ilhan [MIT, Cambridge (United States)

    1998-07-01

    The MIT Research Reactor (MITR) is a 5 MW nuclear research reactor that is owned and operated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to further its educational and research goals at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The facility (MITR-II) uses finned, aluminum-clad, plate-type fuel that is cooled and moderated by light water and reflected by heavy water. This paper provides an overview of current activities at the MITR including: (1) The current operating license will expire in August 1999. A decision has been made to pursue a power upgrade to the maximum level (6-7 MW) that can be safely supported by the existing heat removal equipment. Preparation of relicensing documents and results of thermal hydraulic studies are reviewed. (2) The status of an on-going phase-I clinical trial of BNCT for both glioblastoma multiform and metastatic melanoma will be reported. (3) A fission converter facility has been designed for advanced BNCT clinical trials and for routine therapy. This facility will provide a high quality epithermal neutron beam which is capable of treating a patient in a few minutes. Construction of the facility is currently in progress. The facility's design is summarized. (4) A recent study that was completed at the MIT-II using NAA is reported. This study entailed evaluation of the air quality in Upstate New York from October 1991 through September 1993. (5) A number of unique experimental water loop facilities for the study of light water power reactor coolant chemistry have been installed and operated in the MITR-II. The capabilities and the research objectives addressed by these facilities are summarized. (author)

  11. Current activities at the MIT Research Reactor

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    The MIT Research Reactor (MITR) is a MW nuclear research reactor that is owned and operated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to further its educational and research goals at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The reactor first achieved criticality in 1958. It was largely rebuilt in 1973/1974 by MIT staff and students, and its current license expires in August 1999. The current facility, which is designated as the MITR-H, uses a compact core with finned, aluminum-clad, plate-type fuel that is cooled and moderated by light water and reflected by heavy water. The reactor core can hold twenty-seven fuel elements. However, the normal configuration is twenty-four elements. A maximum of four fuel elements can be replaced with in-core experimental facilities. A unique feature of the MITR-II's design is that fixed absorber plates can be inserted in the upper half of the core. These cause the flux to peak in the lower half which benefits experimenters and also facilitates a fuel strategy that involves inversion of fuel elements midway through their life cycle. The MITR-II currently operates continuously for four weeks followed by shutdown of a few days for maintenance. This paper provides an overview of current activities at the MITR including preparations for re-licensing. The status of an on-going Phase-I clinical trial of boron neutron capture therapy for both glioblastoma multiforme and metastatic melanoma is described as well as the design of a fission converter facility for BNCT. Environmental research using neutron activation analysis is summarized as well as in-pile research focussed on LWR water chemistry and structural materials. (author)

  12. Presence of extracellular DNA in the Candida albicans biofilm matrix and its contribution to biofilms

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    Martins, M.; Uppuluri, Priya; Thomas, Derek P.; Cleary, Ian A.; Henriques, Mariana; Lopez-Ribot, José L.; Oliveira, Rosário

    2009-01-01

    DNA has been described as a structural component of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in bacterial biofilms. In Candida albicans, there is a scarce knowledge concerning the contribution of extracellular DNA (eDNA) to biofilm matrix and overall structure. This work examined the presence and quantified the amount of eDNA in C. albicans biofilm ECM and the effect of DNase treatment and the addition of exogenous DNA on C. albicans biofilm development as indicators of a role for eDNA in biofilm devel...

  13. Oral biofilm models for mechanical plaque removal.

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    Verkaik, Martinus J; Busscher, Henk J; Rustema-Abbing, Minie; Slomp, Anje M; Abbas, Frank; van der Mei, Henny C

    2010-08-01

    In vitro plaque removal studies require biofilm models that resemble in vivo dental plaque. Here, we compare contact and non-contact removal of single and dual-species biofilms as well as of biofilms grown from human whole saliva in vitro using different biofilm models. Bacteria were adhered to a salivary pellicle for 2 h or grown after adhesion for 16 h, after which, their removal was evaluated. In a contact mode, no differences were observed between the manual, rotating, or sonic brushing; and removal was on average 39%, 84%, and 95% for Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus oralis, and Actinomyces naeslundii, respectively, and 90% and 54% for the dual- and multi-species biofilms, respectively. However, in a non-contact mode, rotating and sonic brushes still removed considerable numbers of bacteria (24-40%), while the manual brush as a control (5-11%) did not. Single A. naeslundii and dual-species (A. naeslundii and S. oralis) biofilms were more difficult to remove after 16 h growth than after 2 h adhesion (on average, 62% and 93% for 16- and 2-h-old biofilms, respectively), while in contrast, biofilms grown from whole saliva were easier to remove (97% after 16 h and 54% after 2 h of growth). Considering the strong adhesion of dual-species biofilms and their easier more reproducible growth compared with biofilms grown from whole saliva, dual-species biofilms of A. naeslundii and S. oralis are suggested to be preferred for use in mechanical plaque removal studies in vitro. PMID:19565279

  14. Physics of biofilms: the initial stages of biofilm formation and dynamics

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    One of the physiological responses of bacteria to external stress is to assemble into a biofilm. The formation of a biofilm greatly increases a bacterial population's resistance to a hostile environment by shielding cells, for example, from antibiotics. In this paper, we describe the conditions necessary for the emergence of biofilms in natural environments and relate them to the emergence of biofilm formation inside microfluidic devices. We show that competing species of Escherichia coli bacteria form biofilms to spatially segregate themselves in response to starvation stress, and use in situ methods to characterize the physical properties of the biofilms. Finally, we develop a microfluidic platform to study the inter-species interactions and show how biofilm-mediated genetic interactions can improve a species’ resistance to external stress. (paper)

  15. Unfälle mit motorisierten Zweirädern

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    Der Fahrer eines Pkw Opel Astra überquerte mit seinem Pkw von einer untergeordneten Einmündung kommend eine außerörtliche Bundesstraße in gerade Richtung. Dabei kam es zur Kollision mit einem sich von rechts vorfahrtsberechtigt annähernden Krad Suzuki RGV250. Der Anprall des Krades erfolgte mit dem Heck an die rechte Pkw-Flanke zwischen vorderem Radausschnitt und Fahrzeugecke. Der Krad-Fahrer, welcher sofort tot war und das Zweirad verklemmten sich am Pkw und verblieben relativ zu selbigem annähernd in Kollisionsstellung.

  16. Cadmium Modulates Biofilm Formation by Staphylococcus epidermidis

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    Wu, Xueqing; Santos, Regiane R.; Fink-Gremmels, Johanna

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of cadmium exposure on Staphylococcus epidermidis (ATCC 35984) biofilm formation. Bacteria were cultured in the absence or presence of different concentrations (0-50 mu M) of cadmium. Biofilm formation and bacterial viability were assessed. Quantitativ

  17. Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms in cystic fibrosis

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    Høiby, Niels; Ciofu, Oana; Bjarnsholt, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    The persistence of chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients is due to biofilm-growing mucoid (alginate-producing) strains. A biofilm is a structured consortium of bacteria, embedded in a self-produced polymer matrix consisting of polysaccharide, protein and...

  18. Biofilm ved kronisk rhinosinuitis og cystisk fibrose

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    Fisker, Jacob; Buchwald, Christian von; Johansen, Helle Krogh

    2011-01-01

    Microbial biofilms are known to cause persistent foreign-body infections and have recently been acknowledged as involved in more than 65% of all human infections. Microbial biofilms have been detected in chronic rhinosinusitis, and chronic rhinosinusitis is mandatory in patients with cystic...

  19. Penetration of Rifampin through Staphylococcus epidermidis Biofilms

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    Zheng, Zhilan; Philip S. Stewart

    2002-01-01

    Rifampin penetrated biofilms formed by Staphylococcus epidermidis but failed to effectively kill the bacteria. Penetration was demonstrated by a simple diffusion cell bioassay and by transmission electron microscopic observation of antibiotic-affected cells at the distal edge of the biofilm.

  20. The 'Swiss cheese' instability of bacterial biofilms

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    Jang, Hongchul; Stocker, Roman

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate a novel pattern that results in bacterial biofilms as a result of the competition between hydrodynamic forces and adhesion forces. After the passage of an air plug, the break up of the residual thin liquid film scrapes and rearranges bacteria on the surface, such that a Swiss cheese pattern of holes is left in the residual biofilm.

  1. The clinical impact of bacterial biofilms

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    Høiby, Niels; Ciofu, Oana; Johansen, Helle Krogh;

    2011-01-01

    . Bacterial biofilms are resistant to antibiotics, disinfectant chemicals and to phagocytosis and other components of the innate and adaptive inflammatory defense system of the body. It is known, for example, that persistence of staphylococcal infections related to foreign bodies is due to biofilm formation...

  2. Biofilm Induced Tolerance Towards Antimicrobial Peptides

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    Folkesson, Anders; Haagensen, Janus Anders Juul; Zampaloni, Claudia;

    2008-01-01

    presence of IncF plasmids expressing altered forms of the transfer pili in two different biofilm model systems. The mature biofilms were subsequently treated with two antibiotics with different molecular targets, the peptide antibiotic colistin and the fluoroquinolone ciprofloxacin. The dynamics of...

  3. Antibiotic tolerance and resistance in biofilms

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    Ciofu, Oana; Tolker-Nielsen, Tim

    One of the most important features of microbial biofilms is their tolerance to antimicrobial agents and components of the host immune system. The difficulty of treating biofilm infections with antibiotics is a major clinical problem. Although antibiotics may decrease the number of bacteria in...

  4. Biofilms and their modifications by laser irradiation

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    Biofilms are grown on different materials with various surface morphology and are investigated by light and scanning force microscopy. The growth patterns, coverage and adherence of the biofilm are shown to depend on the type of the substrate and its roughness as well as on the type of micro-organisms. Here we present investigations of Eschericia coli bacterial biofilms grown on the polymer material polyetheretherketone and also on titanium films on glass substrates. A Monte Carlo simulation of the growth process is developed which takes into account the aspect ratio of the micro-organisms and the diffusion of nutrient over the surface to feed them. A pulsed nitrogen laser has been applied to the samples and the interaction of the laser beam with the biofilm and the underlying substrate has been studied. Because of the inhomogeneity of the biofilms the ablated areas are different. With increasing number of laser pulses more biofilm material is removed but there appears also damage of the substrate. The threshold energy fluence for the biofilm ablation is estimated and depends on the sticking power of the bacteria. Ablation rates for the removal of the biofilms are also obtained

  5. Mucosal biofilm detection in chronic otitis media

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    Wessman, Marcus; Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Eickhardt-Sørensen, Steffen Robert; Johansen, Helle Krogh; Homøe, Preben

    2014-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to examine middle ear biopsies from Greenlandic patients with chronic otitis media (COM) for the presence of mucosal biofilms and the bacteria within the biofilms. Thirty-five middle ear biopsies were obtained from 32 Greenlandic COM patients admitted to ear surg...

  6. Introduction to Biofilms Thematic Minireview Series.

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    Allewell, Norma M

    2016-06-10

    The biofilms that many bacteria and fungi produce enable them to form communities, adhere tightly to surfaces, evade host immunity, and resist antibiotics. Pathogenic microorganisms that form biofilms are very difficult to eradicate and thus are a frequent source of life-threatening, hospital-acquired infections. This series of five minireviews from the Journal of Biological Chemistry provides a broad overview of our current understanding of biofilms and the challenges that remain. The structure, biosynthesis, and biological function of the biofilms produced by pathogenic fungi are the subject of the first article, by Sheppard and Howell. Gunn, Bakaletz, and Wozniak focus on the biochemistry and structure of bacterial biofilms, how these structures enable bacteria to evade host immunity, and current and developing strategies for overcoming this resistance. The third and fourth articles present two of the best understood cell signaling pathways involved in biofilm formation. Valentini and Filloux focus on cyclic di-GMP, while Kavanaugh and Horswill discuss the quorum-sensing (agr) system and the relationship between quorum sensing and biofilm formation. Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, particularly the role of efflux pumps and the development of persister cells, are the topics of the final article by Van Acker and Coenye. The advances described in this series guarantee that ongoing interdisciplinary and international efforts will lead to new insights into the basic biology of biofilm formation, as well as new strategies for therapeutic interventions. PMID:27129220

  7. Screening of Compounds against Gardnerella vaginalis Biofilms.

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    Cornelia Gottschick

    Full Text Available Bacterial vaginosis (BV is a common infection in reproductive age woman and is characterized by dysbiosis of the healthy vaginal flora which is dominated by Lactobacilli, followed by growth of bacteria like Gardnerella vaginalis. The ability of G. vaginalis to form biofilms contributes to the high rates of recurrence that are typical for BV and which unfortunately make repeated antibiotic therapy inevitable. Here we developed a biofilm model for G. vaginalis and screened a large spectrum of compounds for their ability to prevent biofilm formation and to resolve an existing G. vaginalis biofilm. The antibiotics metronidazole and tobramycin were highly effective in preventing biofilm formation, but had no effect on an established biofilm. The application of the amphoteric tenside sodium cocoamphoacetate (SCAA led to disintegration of existing biofilms, reducing biomass by 51% and viability by 61% and it was able to increase the effect of metronidazole by 40% (biomass and 61% (viability. Our data show that attacking the biofilm and the bacterial cells by the combination of an amphoteric tenside with the antibiotic metronidazole might be a useful strategy against BV.

  8. Screening of Compounds against Gardnerella vaginalis Biofilms.

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    Gottschick, Cornelia; Szafranski, Szymon P; Kunze, Brigitte; Sztajer, Helena; Masur, Clarissa; Abels, Christoph; Wagner-Döbler, Irene

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common infection in reproductive age woman and is characterized by dysbiosis of the healthy vaginal flora which is dominated by Lactobacilli, followed by growth of bacteria like Gardnerella vaginalis. The ability of G. vaginalis to form biofilms contributes to the high rates of recurrence that are typical for BV and which unfortunately make repeated antibiotic therapy inevitable. Here we developed a biofilm model for G. vaginalis and screened a large spectrum of compounds for their ability to prevent biofilm formation and to resolve an existing G. vaginalis biofilm. The antibiotics metronidazole and tobramycin were highly effective in preventing biofilm formation, but had no effect on an established biofilm. The application of the amphoteric tenside sodium cocoamphoacetate (SCAA) led to disintegration of existing biofilms, reducing biomass by 51% and viability by 61% and it was able to increase the effect of metronidazole by 40% (biomass) and 61% (viability). Our data show that attacking the biofilm and the bacterial cells by the combination of an amphoteric tenside with the antibiotic metronidazole might be a useful strategy against BV. PMID:27111438

  9. Screening of Compounds against Gardnerella vaginalis Biofilms

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    Gottschick, Cornelia; Szafranski, Szymon P.; Kunze, Brigitte; Sztajer, Helena; Masur, Clarissa; Abels, Christoph; Wagner-Döbler, Irene

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common infection in reproductive age woman and is characterized by dysbiosis of the healthy vaginal flora which is dominated by Lactobacilli, followed by growth of bacteria like Gardnerella vaginalis. The ability of G. vaginalis to form biofilms contributes to the high rates of recurrence that are typical for BV and which unfortunately make repeated antibiotic therapy inevitable. Here we developed a biofilm model for G. vaginalis and screened a large spectrum of compounds for their ability to prevent biofilm formation and to resolve an existing G. vaginalis biofilm. The antibiotics metronidazole and tobramycin were highly effective in preventing biofilm formation, but had no effect on an established biofilm. The application of the amphoteric tenside sodium cocoamphoacetate (SCAA) led to disintegration of existing biofilms, reducing biomass by 51% and viability by 61% and it was able to increase the effect of metronidazole by 40% (biomass) and 61% (viability). Our data show that attacking the biofilm and the bacterial cells by the combination of an amphoteric tenside with the antibiotic metronidazole might be a useful strategy against BV. PMID:27111438

  10. Biofilms: The Stronghold of Legionella pneumophila

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    Mena Abdel-Nour

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Legionellosis is mostly caused by Legionella pneumophila and is defined as a severe respiratory illness with a case fatality rate ranging from 5% to 80%. L. pneumophila is ubiquitous in natural and anthropogenic water systems. L. pneumophila is transmitted by inhalation of contaminated aerosols produced by a variety of devices. While L. pneumophila replicates within environmental protozoa, colonization and persistence in its natural environment are also mediated by biofilm formation and colonization within multispecies microbial communities. There is now evidence that some legionellosis outbreaks are correlated with the presence of biofilms. Thus, preventing biofilm formation appears as one of the strategies to reduce water system contamination. However, we lack information about the chemical and biophysical conditions, as well as the molecular mechanisms that allow the production of biofilms by L. pneumophila. Here, we discuss the molecular basis of biofilm formation by L. pneumophila and the roles of other microbial species in L. pneumophila biofilm colonization. In addition, we discuss the protective roles of biofilms against current L. pneumophila sanitation strategies along with the initial data available on the regulation of L. pneumophila biofilm formation.

  11. Biofilm-flow interactions in aquatic environments

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    Christensen, K. T.; Kazemifar, F.; Blois, G.; Aybar, M.; Perez Calleja, P.; Nerenberg, R.; Sinha, S.; Hardy, R. J.; Best, J.; Sambrook Smith, G.

    2015-12-01

    Biofilms are pervasive in aquatic environments, growing in pipes and channels in water supply systems, on permeable riverbeds, etc. The permeable, heterogeneous, and deformable structure of the biofilms make their interaction with surrounding fluid flow important from a range of perspectives, such as mass and momentum transport, and biofilm deformation and detachment due to shear stresses. Our understanding of these processes is limited, in part due to technical obstacles for performing such measurements. We have attempted to address these challenges using particle image velocimetry (PIV) and fluorescence imaging techniques in a water channel flow facility to obtain time-resolved velocity vector fields of flow around cylinders covered with biofilms at different growth stages. Analysis is focused on the coupled dynamics of turbulence and the biofilm development under different flow and nutrient conditions.

  12. The Physics of Biofilms -- An Introduction

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    Mazza, Marco G

    2016-01-01

    Biofilms are complex, self-organized consortia of microorganisms that produce a functional, protective matrix of biomolecules. Physically, the structure of a biofilm can be described as an entangled polymer network which grows and changes under the effect of gradients of nutrients, cell differentiation, quorum sensing, bacterial motion, and interaction with the environment. Its development is complex, and constantly adapting to environmental stimuli. Here, we review the fundamental physical processes the govern the inception, growth and development of a biofilm. Two important mechanisms guide the initial phase in a biofilm life cycle: (\\emph{i}) the cell motility near or at a solid interface, and (\\emph{ii}) the cellular adhesion. Both processes are crucial for initiating the colony and for ensuring its stability. A mature biofilm behaves as a viscoelastic fluid with a complex, history-dependent dynamics. We discuss progress and challenges in the determination of its physical properties. Experimental and theo...

  13. Mesoscale Elucidation of Biofilm Shear Behavior

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    Barai, Pallab; Mukherjee, Partha P

    2015-01-01

    Formation of bacterial colonies as biofilm on the surface/interface of various objects has the potential to impact not only human health and disease but also energy and environmental considerations. Biofilms can be regarded as soft materials, and comprehension of their shear response to external forces is a key element to the fundamental understanding. A mesoscale model has been presented in this article based on digitization of a biofilm microstructure. Its response under externally applied shear load is analyzed. Strain stiffening type behavior is readily observed under high strain loads due to the unfolding of chains within soft polymeric substrate. Sustained shear loading of the biofilm network results in strain localization along the diagonal direction. Rupture of the soft polymeric matrix can potentially reduce the intercellular interaction between the bacterial cells. Evolution of stiffness within the biofilm network under shear reveals two regions: a) initial increase in stiffness due to strain stiffe...

  14. Biofilms On Orbit and On Earth: Current Methods, Future Needs

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    Vega, Leticia

    2013-01-01

    Biofilms have played a significant role on the effectiveness of life support hardware on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS). This presentation will discuss how biofilms impact flight hardware, how on orbit biofilms are analyzed from an engineering and research perspective, and future needs to analyze and utilize biofilms for long duration, deep space missions.

  15. Discovering Biofilms: Inquiry-Based Activities for the Classroom

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    Redelman, Carly V.; Marrs, Kathleen; Anderson, Gregory G.

    2012-01-01

    In nature, bacteria exist in and adapt to different environments by forming microbial communities called "biofilms." We propose simple, inquiry-based laboratory exercises utilizing a biofilm formation assay, which allows controlled biofilm growth. Students will be able to qualitatively assess biofilm growth via staining. Recently, we developed a…

  16. In vitro phenotypic differentiation towards commensal and pathogenic oral biofilms

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    Janus, M.M.; Keijser, B.J.F.; Bikker, F.J.; Exterkate, R.A.M.; Crielaard, W.; Krom, B.P.

    2015-01-01

    Commensal oral biofilms, defined by the absence of pathology-related phenotypes, are ubiquitously present. In contrast to pathological biofilms commensal biofilms are rarely studied. Here, the effect of the initial inoculum and subsequent growth conditions on in vitro oral biofilms was studied. Biof

  17. A Subinhibitory Concentration of Clarithromycin Inhibits Mycobacterium avium Biofilm Formation

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    Carter, George; Young, Lowell S.; Bermudez, Luiz E.

    2004-01-01

    Mycobacterium avium causes disseminated infection in immunosuppressed individuals and lung infection in patients with chronic lung diseases. M. avium forms biofilm in the environment and possibly in human airways. Antibiotics with activity against the bacterium could inhibit biofilm formation. Clarithromycin inhibits biofilm formation but has no activity against established biofilm.

  18. MIT gets good marks for fighting gender discrimination

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    Gwynne, Peter

    2011-05-01

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has made "significant progress" in increasing the number of female faculty members, with their numbers in science and engineering almost doubling over the last decade.

  19. Behandlung des chronischen Tinnitus mit repetitiver transkranieller Magnetstimulation

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    Kleinjung, T

    2012-01-01

    Tinnitus ist eine Funktionsstörung des Hörsystems, die von verschiedenen Strukturen und Ebenen ausgehen kann. Tinnitus geht mit neuroplastischen Veränderungen im zentralen auditorischen System einher. Existenz eines „Tinnitus-Netzwerkes“.

  20. Combined Reactor and Microelectrode Measurements in Laboratory Grown Biofilms

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    Larsen, Tove; Harremoës, Poul

    1994-01-01

    A combined biofilm reactor-/microelectrode experimental set-up has been constructed, allowing for simultaneous reactor mass balances and measurements of concentration profiles within the biofilm. The system consists of an annular biofilm reactor equipped with an oxygen microelectrode. Experiments...... were carried out with aerobic glucose and starch degrading biofilms. The well described aerobic glucose degradation biofilm system was used to test the combined reactor set-up. Results predicted from known biofilm kinetics were obtained. In the starch degrading biofilm, basic assumptions were tested...

  1. Metal concentrations in stream biofilm and sediments and their potential to explain biofilm microbial community structure

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    Concentrations of metals associated with sediments have traditionally been analysed to assess the extent of heavy metal contamination in freshwater environments. Stream biofilms present an alternative medium for this assessment which may be more relevant to the risk incurred by stream ecosystems as they are intensively grazed by aquatic organisms at a higher trophic level. Therefore, we investigated zinc, copper and lead concentrations in biofilms and sediments of 23 stream sites variously impacted by urbanisation. Simultaneously, biofilm bacterial and ciliate protozoan community structure was analysed by Automated Ribosomal Intergenic Spacer Analysis and Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism, respectively. Statistical analysis revealed that biofilm associated metals explained a greater proportion of the variations observed in bacterial and ciliate communities than did sediment associated-metals. This study suggests that the analysis of metal concentrations in biofilms provide a good assessment of detrimental effects of metal contaminants on aquatic biota. - Highlights: ► Zn, Cu and Pb concentrations in biofilm and sediments from 23 streams were assessed. ► Bacteria and ciliate protozoa were simultaneously used as biological indicators. ► Zn and Cu were generally enriched in biofilm compared to sediments. ► Metals in biofilm provide a useful assessment of freshwater ecosystem contamination. ► Results highlight the likely ecological importance of biofilm associated metals. - Metal concentrations in stream biofilms provide a good assessment of the effects of trace metal contaminants on freshwater ecosystems.

  2. Abbildung mit Millimeterwellen für die Personenkontrolle

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    Bertl, Sebastian

    2009-01-01

    In dieser Arbeit werden Methoden zur Abbildung von Gegenständen mit Millimeterwellen (MMW) analysiert und anhand eines Messsystems umgesetzt. Ein mögliches Anwendungsgebiet ist die Personenkontrolle in sicherheitskritischen Bereichen. Um das Streuverhalten von Gegenständen im MMW Bereich in verschiedenen Messgeometrien genauer beschreiben zu können, wird mit Hilfe numerischer Berechnungsverfahren u.a. das Streuverhalten dielektrischer Körper analysiert. Ausgehend von der reinen Fourierraumbet...

  3. Perianale Fisteln bei Patienten mit Morbus Crohn - Krankheitsverlauf, Therapie, Langzeitprognose

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    Glaß, Heidi

    2011-01-01

    Unsere Studie konnte all die Problematik der Behandlung der Patienten mit perianalen Crohn-Fisteln aufzeigen. Trotz erheblichen thera-peutischen Entwicklungen wird ein hoher Anteil (47 %) der betroffenen Patienten ein Stoma benötigen. Die meisten Patienten müssen mehrfach operiert werden. Etwa ¾ aller Patienten präsentieren sich mit den sog. „hohen“ Fisteln. Bei diesen Patienten gilt auch heute zwischen Symptomkontrolle durch Abszesspaltungen, Fadeneinlage und/oder Immunsuppression auf der...

  4. Wärmeversorgung mit fester Biomasse bei kleiner Leistung

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    Gaderer, Matthias

    2008-01-01

    Mit der Arbeit wurde das Ziel verfolgt, Systeme zu untersuchen, die das Potenzial besitzen, die Wirtschaftlichkeit bei der Wärmeversorgung mit fester Biomasse bei kleiner Leistung zu verbessern und die Emissionen zu verringern. Untersucht wurden die Gleichzeitigkeit des Leistungsbedarfs bei Nahwärmenetzen und die Systemoptimierung durch Einbindung von Pufferspeichern als Hausübergabestationen um die erforderliche Spitzenleistung am Heizwerk durch Leistungsglättung zu reduzieren. Hier besteht ...

  5. Teststrahl Messungen mit dem DESY GridGEM Modul

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    Mueller, Felix Johannes

    2013-01-01

    Der International Linear Collider (ILC) ist ein geplanter Elektron-Positron Linearbeschleuniger. Mit einer Schwerpunktsenergie von 500 GeV ermöglicht der Beschleuniger Messungen des Standardmodells mit bisher unbekannter Präzision. Eines der beiden Detektorkonzepte für den ILC ist der International Large Detetcor (ILD). Dieser nutzt eine Zeitprojektionskammer (TPC für engl. Time Projection Chamber) als zentrale Spurkammer. Die herkömmliche Drahtauslese einer TPC kann die ambitionierten Ziele ...

  6. Biotransformation von 11-Desoxycortisol mit Schizosaccharomyces pombe und Aspergillus nidulans

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    Appel, Daniel

    2005-01-01

    In diesem Projekt, welches in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Biochemie der Universität des Saarlandes und der Schering AG Bergkamen durchgeführt wurde, sollte mit Hilfe von rekombinanten Spalthefestämmen, welche die humane Monooxygenase P450 CYP11B1 exprimieren, eine nachhaltigere Bio-Produktion von Hydrocortison entwickelt werden, um das bestehende Verfahren der Hydrocortisonherstellung, mittels des filamentösen Pilz Curvularia lunata zu ersetzen. Um die Optimierung der Hydrocortisonpro...

  7. Stakeholder-Management - Möglichkeiten des Umgangs mit Anspruchsgruppen

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    Theuvsen, Ludwig

    2001-01-01

    Organisationen werden mit den Erwartungen verschiedener Anspruchsgruppen (Stakeholder) und den von ihnen verfolgten, oftmals konfligierenden Zielen konfrontiert. Jede Organisation sieht sich daher vor die Notwendigkeit gestellt zu entscheiden, wie sie im Rahmen des Stakeholder-Managements mit diesen verschiedenen Gruppierungen umgehen will. Eine mögliche Ausrichtung eines Stakeholder-Managements verfolgt nicht die normativ-ethisch orientierte Auffassung, dass alle Stakeholder dieselbe Beachtu...

  8. Neue Fluoreszenzfarbstoffe mit Anthracen- und Fluoranthengrundgerüst

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    Kunze, Markus

    2004-01-01

    1. Anthracenderivate Durch Suzuki-Kupplung gelingt es, ausgehend von 9,10-Dibrom-2,6-di-tert-butylanthracen 9,10-diarylsubstituierte Anthracenderivate mit Ausbeuten von 22 - 82 % herzustellen. Die Kupplung von halogensubstituerten Arylen erfolgt durch nucleophile Addition einer Arylgrignardverbindung an 2,6-Di-tert-butylanthrachinon mit anschließender wässriger Aufarbeitung und Reduktion. Eine zweite Gruppe von Anthracenderivaten wird durch Pyrimidin-Kondensation aus Amidinen und Vinamid...

  9. Sterotaktische, fraktionierte Strahlentherapie bei Patienten mit Optikusscheidenmeningeomen und Keilbeinmeningeomen

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    Dörr, Stefan

    2009-01-01

    Das OSM ist ein seltener, gutartiger Tumor der Sehnervenscheide, dessen klinisches Bild durch langsamen, progredienten Visusverlust und Gesichtsfeldeinschränkungen geprägt ist. Neben klinischer Beobachtung und Operation steht seit einigen Jahren auch die Strahlentherapie zur Verfügung. Wir zeigen die Ergebnisse eines dreistelligen Patientenkollektivs, das zwischen 1993 und 2005 eine SFRT in Tübingen erhielt und vergleichen die Ergebnisse mit älteren Studien ähnlichen Konzepts, sowie mit den E...

  10. Lung Clearance Index bei erwachsenen Patienten mit Mukoviszidose

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    Rückel, Helena Sophie

    2011-01-01

    Die Spirometrie mit Bestimmung des forcierten exspiratorischen Volumens in einer Sekunde gilt derzeit als Gold-Standard bei der Beurteilung der Lungenfunktion von Patienten mit Cystischer Fibrose. Da die spirometrische Untersuchung eine aktive Mitarbeit des Patienten erfordert, kann sie jedoch erst etwa ab dem fünften Lebensjahr durchgeführt werden. Im Gegensatz dazu kann der Lung Clearance Index (LCI), der aus Gasdilutionsuntersuchungen abgeleitet wird, in jedem Alter, d.h. auch im Säugl...

  11. Optische Detektion der magnetischen Resonanz mit modengekoppelten Femtosekunden-Pulsen

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    Schmidt, Volker

    2000-01-01

    Die vorliegende Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit dem Aufbau eines neuartigen Spektrometers zur Elektronen-Paramagnetischen Resonanz. Die konventionelle magnetische Resonanz wurde hierbei um eine optisch gepulste Detektion, mittels Titan-Saphir-Femtosekunden-Pulslaser erweitert. Als Proben wurden mit diesem neuen Spektrometer Rubin (gepulste ODEPR in Transmission), bzw. ein Fe/V-Multilayer (gepulste ODFMR in Reflektion) untersucht. Die Wechselwirkung zwischen optischer Welle und Magnetisierung...

  12. Analyse von 12 Patienten mit konservativer Behandlung nach Paracetamolintoxikation

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    Zulueta La Rosa, Pia Noreen

    2013-01-01

    Paracetamol ist ein häufig angewendetes Schmerzmittel mit einem geringen Nebenwirkungsprofil, wirkt jedoch in hohen Dosen hepatotoxisch. Aufgrund seiner leichten Zugänglichkeit kommt es häufig zu Überdosierungen, versehentlich oder in suizidaler Absicht und spielt somit im klinischen Alltag eine zunehmende Rolle. In dieser retrospektiven Untersuchung, die einen Zeitraum von fünf Jahren umfasst, wurden die Daten von zwölf Patienten (Alter 16-51 Jahre) mit Paracetamolintoxikation ausgewertet...

  13. Clusteranalyse mit gemischtskalierten Merkmalen: SPSS-Makropaket Paare

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    Fickel, Norman

    1995-01-01

    Die Statistiksoftware SPSS unterstützt auch in der Version 6 nur Clusteranalysen, wenn alle Merkmale dasselbe Skalenniveau besitzen. Mit dem hier vorgestellten Makropaket Paare kann SPSS auch gemischtskalierte Daten verarbeiten. Der zugrundeliegende Algorithmus abstrahiert dazu durch Abstandsmaße von den unterschiedlichen Skalenniveaus der gegebenen Merkmale. Die Güte der gefundenen Klassifikation läßt sich mit einer Streuungszerlegung sowohl insgesamt als auch merkmalsspezifisch beurteilen

  14. Metabolische und Genotypische Charakteristika bei Frauen mit polyzystischem Ovar Syndrom

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    Schnuck, Franziska

    2006-01-01

    Das Syndrom der polyzystischen Ovarien ist eine sehr komplexe endokrinologi-sche Erkrankung multifaktorieller Genese. Neben dem Vorhandensein patholo-gischer Ovarien, persistierender Oligo-/Amenorrhoen, sowie Diskrepanzen des Androgenstoffwechsels rücken zunehmend metabolische Störungen in den Fokus der Wissenschaft. Sowohl die Pathogenese des PCO-Syndroms, als auch des Typ 2 Diabetes mellitus ist mit der Insulinresistenz und der mit ihr einher-gehenden hormonellen und metabolischen Störungen...

  15. Schlaf und Atmung bei Patienten mit Morbus Parkinson

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    Georg, Wulf-Martin

    2001-01-01

    Bei 9 Patienten mit Morbus Parkinson wurden anhand polysomnografischer Meßdaten Schlafverhalten und Atmung untersucht. Es wurden Hypnogramme erstellt und Sauerstoffsättigung, Atemzugvolumen, Atemzykluszeit, endexspiratorischer CO2- Partialdruck, Anteil periodischer Atmung und Laboured Breathing Index (LBI) ermittelt. Bei 8 Pat. wurde CO2-Atemantwort durchgeführt. Schlafstruktur ist gestört. Pat. haben fragmentierten Schlaf mit häufigem Erwachen und langen Wachphasen. Tiefschlaf is...

  16. Inactivation of Efflux Pumps Abolishes Bacterial Biofilm Formation

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    Kvist, Malin; Hancock, Viktoria; Klemm, Per

    2008-01-01

    Bacterial biofilms cause numerous problems in health care and industry; notably, biofilms are associated with a large number of infections. Biofilm-dwelling bacteria are particularly resistant to antibiotics, making it hard to eradicate biofilm-associated infections. Bacteria rely on efflux pumps...... to get rid of toxic substances. We discovered that efflux pumps are highly active in bacterial biofilms, thus making efflux pumps attractive targets for antibiofilm measures. A number of efflux pump inhibitors (EPIs) are known. EPIs were shown to reduce biofilm formation, and in combination they...... could abolish biofilm formation completely. Also, EPIs were able to block the antibiotic tolerance of biofilms. The results of this feasibility study might pave the way for new treatments for biofilm-related infections and may be exploited for prevention of biofilms in general....

  17. Intrigues of biofilm: A perspective in veterinary medicine

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    Abdullahi, Umar Faruk; Igwenagu, Ephraim; Mu’azu, Anas; Aliyu, Sani; Umar, Maryam Ibrahim

    2016-01-01

    Biofilm has a tremendous impact in the field of veterinary medicine, especially the livestock industry, leading to a serious economic loss. Over the years, little attention has been given to biofilm in animals with most of the research geared toward human biofilm diseases. The greatest challenge posed by biofilm is in its incredible ability to resist most of the currently existing antibiotics. This mystery can best be demystified through understanding the mechanism of the quorum sensing which regulate the pathophysiology of biofilm. Ability of biofilm formation in a variety of inanimate surfaces such as animal food contact surfaces is responsible for a host of biofilm diseases affecting animals and humans. In this review, we highlighted some of the challenges of biofilm in livestock and food industries. Also highlighted are; mechanisms of biofilm development, best diagnostic approach and possible novel therapeutic measures needed to combat the menace of biofilm in veterinary medicine. PMID:27051178

  18. Intrigues of biofilm: A perspective in veterinary medicine

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    Umar Faruk Abdullahi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Biofilm has a tremendous impact in the field of veterinary medicine, especially the livestock industry, leading to a serious economic loss. Over the years, little attention has been given to biofilm in animals with most of the research geared toward human biofilm diseases. The greatest challenge posed by biofilm is in its incredible ability to resist most of the currently existing antibiotics. This mystery can best be demystified through understanding the mechanism of the quorum sensing which regulate the pathophysiology of biofilm. Ability of biofilm formation in a variety of inanimate surfaces such as animal food contact surfaces is responsible for a host of biofilm diseases affecting animals and umans. In this review, we highlighted some of the challenges of biofilm in livestock and food industries. Also highlighted are; mechanisms of biofilm development, best diagnostic approach and possible novel therapeutic measures needed to combat the menace of biofilm in veterinary medicine.

  19. Osteopontin reduces biofilm formation in a multi-species model of dental biofilm.

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    Sebastian Schlafer

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Combating dental biofilm formation is the most effective means for the prevention of caries, one of the most widespread human diseases. Among the chemical supplements to mechanical tooth cleaning procedures, non-bactericidal adjuncts that target the mechanisms of bacterial biofilm formation have gained increasing interest in recent years. Milk proteins, such as lactoferrin, have been shown to interfere with bacterial colonization of saliva-coated surfaces. We here study the effect of bovine milk osteopontin (OPN, a highly phosphorylated whey glycoprotein, on a multispecies in vitro model of dental biofilm. While considerable research effort focuses on the interaction of OPN with mammalian cells, there are no data investigating the influence of OPN on bacterial biofilms. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Biofilms consisting of Streptococcus oralis, Actinomyces naeslundii, Streptococcus mitis, Streptococcus downei and Streptococcus sanguinis were grown in a flow cell system that permitted in situ microscopic analysis. Crystal violet staining showed significantly less biofilm formation in the presence of OPN, as compared to biofilms grown without OPN or biofilms grown in the presence of caseinoglycomacropeptide, another phosphorylated milk protein. Confocal microscopy revealed that OPN bound to the surface of bacterial cells and reduced mechanical stability of the biofilms without affecting cell viability. The bacterial composition of the biofilms, determined by fluorescence in situ hybridization, changed considerably in the presence of OPN. In particular, colonization of S. mitis, the best biofilm former in the model, was reduced dramatically. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: OPN strongly reduces the amount of biofilm formed in a well-defined laboratory model of acidogenic dental biofilm. If a similar effect can be observed in vivo, OPN might serve as a valuable adjunct to mechanical tooth cleaning procedures.

  20. Removal of Burkholderia cepacia biofilms with oxidants

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    Koenig, D. W.; Mishra, S. K.; Pierson, D. L.

    1995-01-01

    Iodine is used to disinfect the water system aboard US space shuttles and is the anticipated biocide for the international space station. Water quality on spacecraft must be maintained at the highest possible levels for the safety of the crew. Furthermore, the treatment process used to maintain the quality of water on research must be robust and operate for long periods with minimal crew intervention. Biofilms are recalcitrant and pose a major threat with regard to chronic contamination of spacecraft water systems. We measured the effectiveness of oxidizing biocides on the removal and regrowth of Burkholderia (Pseudomonas) cepacia biofilms. B. cepacia, isolated from the water distribution system of the space shuttle Discovery, was grown in continuous culture to produce a bacterial contamination source for biofilm formation and removal studies. A 10(7) CFU ml-1 B. cepacia suspension, in distilled water, was used to form biofilms on 3000 micrometers2 glass surfaces. Rates of attachment were measured directly with image analysis and were found to be 7.8, 15.2, and 22.8 attachment events h-1 for flow rates of 20.7, 15.2, and 9.8 ml min-1, respectively. After 18 h of formation, the B. cepacia biofilms were challenged with oxidants (ozone, chlorine, and iodine) and the rates of biofilm removal determined by image analysis. Fifty percent of the biofilm material was removed in the first hour of continous treatment with 24 mg l-1 chlorine or 2 mg l-1 ozone. Iodine (48 mg l-1) did not remove any measurable cellular material after 6 h continuous contact. After this first removal of biofilms by the oxidants, the surface was allowed to refoul and was again treated with the biocide. Iodine was the only compound that was unable to remove cellular debris from either primary or secondary biofilms. Moreover, treating primary biofilms with iodine increased the rate of formation of secondary biofilms, from 4.4 to 5.8 attachment events h-1. All the oxidants tested inactivated the B

  1. Microbial Biofilms in Endodontic Infections: An Update Review

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    Zahed Mohammadi; Flavio Palazzi; Luciano Giardino; Sousan Shalavi

    2013-01-01

    Biofilms and microbial aggregates are the common mechanisms for the survival of bacteria in nature. In other words, the ability to form biofilms has been regarded as a virulence factor. Microbial biofilms play an essential role in several infectious diseases such as pulp and periradicular pathosis. The aim of this article was to review the adaptation mechanisms of biofilms, their roles in pulpal and periapical pathosis, factors influencing biofilm formation, mechanisms of their antimicrobial ...

  2. Inactivation of Efflux Pumps Abolishes Bacterial Biofilm Formation▿

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    Kvist, Malin; Hancock, Viktoria; Klemm, Per

    2008-01-01

    Bacterial biofilms cause numerous problems in health care and industry; notably, biofilms are associated with a large number of infections. Biofilm-dwelling bacteria are particularly resistant to antibiotics, making it hard to eradicate biofilm-associated infections. Bacteria rely on efflux pumps to get rid of toxic substances. We discovered that efflux pumps are highly active in bacterial biofilms, thus making efflux pumps attractive targets for antibiofilm measures. A number of efflux pump ...

  3. Host Defence against Bacterial Biofilms: “Mission Impossible”?

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    Gertrud Maria Hänsch

    2012-01-01

    Bacteria living as biofilms have been recognised as the ultimate cause of persistent and destructive inflammatory processes. Biofilm formation is a well-organised, genetically-driven process, which is well characterised for numerous bacteria species. In contrast, the host response to bacterial biofilms is less well analysed, and there is the general believe that bacteria in biofilms escape recognition or eradication by the immune defence. In this review the host response to bacterial biofilms...

  4. Tracer measurements reveal experimental evidence of biofilm consolidation

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    Casey, Eoin

    2007-01-01

    The ability to simultaneously measure both biofilm thickness and the mass transfer coefficient of an inert tracer through it provides a powerful method to study biofilm development. In this communication previously published data has been collated to interpret global trends in biofilm structure during the transition towards steady-state. It appears that sudden changes in biofilm structure (directly related to the rate of change of biofilm mass transfer resistance) may occur following transiti...

  5. Bacterial species dominance within a binary culture biofilm.

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    Banks, M.K.; Bryers, J.D.

    1991-01-01

    Studies with two species of bacteria, Pseudomonas putida and Hyphomicrobium sp. strain ZV620, were carried out to evaluate the overall net rate of accumulation of biofilm, the biofilm species composition, and individual species shear-related removal rates. Bacterial cells of either or both species were deposited onto glass or biofilm surfaces to initiate multispecies biofilms. Subsequent biofilm development was carried out under known conditions of nutrient concentration and laminar flow. Est...

  6. Effect of Escherichia coli Morphogene bolA on Biofilms

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    Vieira, Helena L. A.; Freire, Patrick; Arraiano, Cecília M.

    2004-01-01

    Biofilm physiology is established under a low growth rate. The morphogene bolA is mostly expressed under stress conditions or in stationary phase, suggesting that bolA could be implicated in biofilm development. In order to verify this hypothesis, we tested the effect of bolA on biofilm formation. Overexpression of bolA induces biofilm development, while bolA deletion decreases biofilms.

  7. Characterisitics of Streptomyces griseus biofilms in continuous flow tubular reactors

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    Winn, Michael; Habimana, Olivier; Casey, Eoin; Murphy, Cormac D.

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of cultivating the biotechnologically important bacterium Streptomyces griseus in single-species and mixed- species biofilms using a Tubular Biofilm Reactor (TBR). Streptomyces griseus biofilm development was found to be cyclical, starting with the initial adhesion and subsequent development of a visible biofilm after 24 hours growth, followed by the complete detachment of the biofilm as a single mass, and ending with the re-coloni...

  8. DFB-Laser mit integriert optischer Rückkopplung für die optische Signalverarbeitung

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    Brox, Olaf

    2005-01-01

    Im Mittelpunkt dieser Arbeit stehen DFB-Laser mit integriert optischer Rückkopplung und Anwendungen dieser Komponente für die optische Signalverarbeitung. DFB-Laser mit integrierten Rückkoppelsektionen werden hergestellt und experimentell untersucht. Erstmalig erfolgen Untersuchungen an DFB-Lasern mit passiver Rückkopplung (PFL) und DFB-Lasern mit aktiver Rückkopplung (AFL), wobei das Hauptaugenmerk auf der zuverlässigen Erzeugung von Selbstpulsationen mit einer Frequenz von 40 GHz liegt. Sta...

  9. Der Lebenslauf von Menschen mit Asperger Syndrom / High-Functioning Autismus : eine Interviewstudie mit Schwerpunkt auf dem Erwachsenenalter

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    Gomolla, Annette

    2002-01-01

    Über den Lebensverlauf und insbesondere das Erwachsenenalter von Menschen mit Asperger Syndrom (AS) / High-Functioning Autismus (HFA) ist bisher wenig bekannt, insbesondere gibt es keine Studien, die die Erfahrungen und Bewertungen der Personen selbst in den Mittelpunkt stellen. Die vorliegende Studie hat sich bemüht, bestehende Informationen und Einschätzungen Dritter über Kindheit, Jugendzeit und Erwachsenenalter mit den subjektiven Sichtweisen dieser Personengruppe zu vergleichen und spezi...

  10. Treatment of Oral Multispecies Biofilms by an Anti-Biofilm Peptide.

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    Zhejun Wang

    Full Text Available Human oral biofilms are multispecies microbial communities that exhibit high resistance to antimicrobial agents. Dental plaque gives rise to highly prevalent and costly biofilm-related oral infections, which lead to caries or other types of oral infections. We investigated the ability of the recently identified anti-biofilm peptide 1018 to induce killing of bacterial cells present within oral multispecies biofilms. At 10 μg/ml (6.5 μM, peptide 1018 was able to significantly (p50% of the biofilm being killed and >35% being dispersed in only 3 minutes. Peptide 1018 may potentially be used by itself or in combination with CHX as a non-toxic and effective anti-biofilm agent for plaque disinfection in clinical dentistry.

  11. Stenotrophomonas maltophilia biofilm reduction by Bdellovibrio exovorus.

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    Chanyi, Ryan M; Koval, Susan F; Brooke, Joanna S

    2016-06-01

    Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, a bacterium ubiquitous in the environment, is also an opportunistic, multidrug-resistant human pathogen that colonizes tissues and medical devices via biofilm formation. We investigated the ability of an isolate from sewage of the bacterial predator Bdellovibrio exovorus to disrupt preformed biofilms of 18 strains of S. maltophilia isolated from patients, hospital sink drains and water fountain drains. B. exovorus FFRS-5 preyed on all S. maltophilia strains in liquid co-cultures and was able to significantly disrupt the biofilms of 15 of the S. maltophilia strains tested, decreasing as much as 76.7% of the biofilm mass. The addition of ciprofloxacin and kanamycin in general reduced S. maltophilia biofilms but less than that of B. exovorus alone. Furthermore, when antibiotics and B. exovorus were used together, B. exovorus was still effective in the presence of ciprofloxacin whereas the addition of kanamycin reduced the effectiveness of B. exovorus. Overall, B. exovorus was able to decrease the mass of preformed biofilms of S. maltophilia in the presence of clinically relevant antibiotics demonstrating that the predator may prove to be a beneficial tool to reduce S. maltophilia environmental or clinically associated biofilms. PMID:26929093

  12. Alternating Current Influences Anaerobic Electroactive Biofilm Activity.

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    Wang, Xin; Zhou, Lean; Lu, Lu; Lobo, Fernanda Leite; Li, Nan; Wang, Heming; Park, Jaedo; Ren, Zhiyong Jason

    2016-09-01

    Alternating current (AC) is known to inactivate microbial growth in suspension, but how AC influences anaerobic biofilm activities has not been systematically investigated. Using a Geobacter dominated anaerobic biofilm growing on the electrodes of microbial electrochemical reactors, we found that high frequency AC ranging from 1 MHz to 1 kHz (amplitude of 5 V, 30 min) showed only temporary inhibition to the biofilm activity. However, lower frequency (100 Hz, 1.2 or 5 V) treatment led to 47 ± 19% permanent decrease in limiting current on the same biofilm, which is attributed to the action of electrohydrodynamic force that caused biofilm damage and loss of intercellular electron transfer network. Confocal microscopy images show such inactivation mainly occurred at the interface between the biofilm and the electrode. Reducing the frequency further to 1 Hz led to water electrolysis, which generated gas bubbles that flushed all attached cells out of the electrode. These findings provide new references on understanding and regulating biofilm growth, which has broader implications in biofouling control, anaerobic waste treatment, energy and product recovery, and general understanding of microbial ecology and physiology. PMID:27485403

  13. Biofilms in Infections of the Eye

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    Paulo J. M. Bispo

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The ability to form biofilms in a variety of environments is a common trait of bacteria, and may represent one of the earliest defenses against predation. Biofilms are multicellular communities usually held together by a polymeric matrix, ranging from capsular material to cell lysate. In a structure that imposes diffusion limits, environmental microgradients arise to which individual bacteria adapt their physiologies, resulting in the gamut of physiological diversity. Additionally, the proximity of cells within the biofilm creates the opportunity for coordinated behaviors through cell–cell communication using diffusible signals, the most well documented being quorum sensing. Biofilms form on abiotic or biotic surfaces, and because of that are associated with a large proportion of human infections. Biofilm formation imposes a limitation on the uses and design of ocular devices, such as intraocular lenses, posterior contact lenses, scleral buckles, conjunctival plugs, lacrimal intubation devices and orbital implants. In the absence of abiotic materials, biofilms have been observed on the capsule, and in the corneal stroma. As the evidence for the involvement of microbial biofilms in many ocular infections has become compelling, developing new strategies to prevent their formation or to eradicate them at the site of infection, has become a priority.

  14. Iron and Acinetobacter baumannii Biofilm Formation

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    Valentina Gentile

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Acinetobacter baumannii is an emerging nosocomial pathogen, responsible for infection outbreaks worldwide. The pathogenicity of this bacterium is mainly due to its multidrug-resistance and ability to form biofilm on abiotic surfaces, which facilitate long-term persistence in the hospital setting. Given the crucial role of iron in A. baumannii nutrition and pathogenicity, iron metabolism has been considered as a possible target for chelation-based antibacterial chemotherapy. In this study, we investigated the effect of iron restriction on A. baumannii growth and biofilm formation using different iron chelators and culture conditions. We report substantial inter-strain variability and growth medium-dependence for biofilm formation by A. baumannii isolates from veterinary and clinical sources. Neither planktonic nor biofilm growth of A. baumannii was affected by exogenous chelators. Biofilm formation was either stimulated by iron or not responsive to iron in the majority of isolates tested, indicating that iron starvation is not sensed as an overall biofilm-inducing stimulus by A. baumannii. The impressive iron withholding capacity of this bacterium should be taken into account for future development of chelation-based antimicrobial and anti-biofilm therapies.

  15. Fractal analysis of Xylella fastidiosa biofilm formation

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    Moreau, A. L. D.; Lorite, G. S.; Rodrigues, C. M.; Souza, A. A.; Cotta, M. A.

    2009-07-01

    We have investigated the growth process of Xylella fastidiosa biofilms inoculated on a glass. The size and the distance between biofilms were analyzed by optical images; a fractal analysis was carried out using scaling concepts and atomic force microscopy images. We observed that different biofilms show similar fractal characteristics, although morphological variations can be identified for different biofilm stages. Two types of structural patterns are suggested from the observed fractal dimensions Df. In the initial and final stages of biofilm formation, Df is 2.73±0.06 and 2.68±0.06, respectively, while in the maturation stage, Df=2.57±0.08. These values suggest that the biofilm growth can be understood as an Eden model in the former case, while diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) seems to dominate the maturation stage. Changes in the correlation length parallel to the surface were also observed; these results were correlated with the biofilm matrix formation, which can hinder nutrient diffusion and thus create conditions to drive DLA growth.

  16. Implications of Biofilm Formation on Urological Devices

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    Cadieux, Peter A.; Wignall, Geoffrey R.; Carriveau, Rupp; Denstedt, John D.

    2008-09-01

    Despite millions of dollars and several decades of research targeted at their prevention and eradication, biofilm-associated infections remain the major cause of urological device failure. Numerous strategies have been aimed at improving device design, biomaterial composition, surface properties and drug delivery, but have been largely circumvented by microbes and their plethora of attachment, host evasion, antimicrobial resistance, and dissemination strategies. This is not entirely surprising since natural biofilm formation has been going on for millions of years and remains a major part of microorganism survival and evolution. Thus, the fact that biofilms develop on and in the biomaterials and tissues of humans is really an extension of this natural tendency and greatly explains why they are so difficult for us to combat. Firstly, biofilm structure and composition inherently provide a protective environment for microorganisms, shielding them from the shear stress of urine flow, immune cell attack and some antimicrobials. Secondly, many biofilm organisms enter a metabolically dormant state that renders them tolerant to those antibiotics and host factors able to penetrate the biofilm matrix. Lastly, the majority of organisms that cause biofilm-associated urinary tract infections originate from our own oral cavity, skin, gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts and therefore have already adapted to many of our host defenses. Ultimately, while biofilms continue to hold an advantage with respect to recurrent infections and biomaterial usage within the urinary tract, significant progress has been made in understanding these dynamic microbial communities and novel approaches offer promise for their prevention and eradication. These include novel device designs, antimicrobials, anti-adhesive coatings, biodegradable polymers and biofilm-disrupting compounds and therapies.

  17. Laser Microbial Killing and Biofilm Disruption

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    Krespi, Yosef P.; Kizhner, Victor

    2009-06-01

    Objectives: To analyze the ability of NIR lasers to reduce bacterial load and demonstrate the capability of fiber-based Q-switched Nd:YAG laser disrupting biofilm. Study Design: NIR diode laser was tested in vitro and in vivo using pathogenic microorganisms (S. aureus, S. pneumoniae, P. aeruginosa). In addition biofilms were grown from clinical Pseudomonas isolates and placed in culture plates, screws, tympanostomy tubes and PET sutures. Methods: In the animal experiments acute rhinosinusitis model was created by packing the rabbit nose with bacteria soaked solution. The nasal pack was removed in two days and nose was exposed to laser irradiation. A 940 nm diode laser with fiber diffuser was used. Nasal cultures were obtained before and after the laser treatments. Animals were sacrificed fifteen days following laser treatment and bacteriologic/histologic results analyzed. Q-switched Nd:YAG laser generated shockwave pulses were delivered on biofilm using special probes over culture plates, screws, tubes, and PET sutures for the biofilm experiments. Results: Average of two log bacteria reduction was achieved with NIR laser compared to controls. Histologic studies demonstrated preservation of tissue integrity without significant damage to mucosa. Biofilms were imaged before, during and after treatment using a confocal microscope. During laser-generated shockwave application, biofilm was initially seen to oscillate and eventually break off. Large and small pieces of biofilm were totally and instantly removed from the surface to which they were attached in seconds. Conclusions: Significant bacterial reduction was achieved with NIR laser therapy in this experimental in vitro and animal study. In addition we disrupted Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms using Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and special probes generating plasma and shockwave. This new and innovative method of bacteria killing and biofilm disruption without injuring host tissue may have clinical application in the

  18. Gene Transfer Efficiency in Gonococcal Biofilms: Role of Biofilm Age, Architecture, and Pilin Antigenic Variation

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    Kouzel, Nadzeya; Oldewurtel, Enno R.; Maier, Berenike

    2015-01-01

    Extracellular DNA is an important structural component of many bacterial biofilms. It is unknown, however, to which extent external DNA is used to transfer genes by means of transformation. Here, we quantified the acquisition of multidrug resistance and visualized its spread under selective and nonselective conditions in biofilms formed by Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The density and architecture of the biofilms were controlled by microstructuring the substratum for bacterial adhesion. Horizontal t...

  19. A novel planar flow cell for studies of biofilm heterogeneity and flow-biofilm interactions

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    Zhang, Wei; Sileika, Tadas S.; Chen, Cheng; Liu, Yang; Lee, Jisun; Packman, Aaron I.

    2011-01-01

    Biofilms are microbial communities growing on surfaces, and are ubiquitous in nature, in bioreactors, and in human infection. Coupling between physical, chemical, and biological processes is known to regulate the development of biofilms; however, current experimental systems do not provide sufficient control of environmental conditions to enable detailed investigations of these complex interactions. We developed a novel planar flow cell that supports biofilm growth under complex two-dimension...

  20. Ecology of Anti-Biofilm Agents II: Bacteriophage Exploitation and Biocontrol of Biofilm Bacteria

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    Stephen T. Abedon

    2015-01-01

    Bacteriophages are the viruses of bacteria. In the guise of phage therapy they have been used for decades to successfully treat what are probable biofilm-containing chronic bacterial infections. More recently, phage treatment or biocontrol of biofilm bacteria has been brought back to the laboratory for more rigorous assessment as well as towards the use of phages to combat environmental biofilms, ones other than those directly associated with bacterial infections. Considered in a companion ar...

  1. Relationship between Antibiotic Resistance, Biofilm Formation, and Biofilm-Specific Resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii.

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    Qi, Lihua; Li, Hao; Zhang, Chuanfu; Liang, Beibei; Li, Jie; Wang, Ligui; Du, Xinying; Liu, Xuelin; Qiu, Shaofu; Song, Hongbin

    2016-01-01

    In this study, we aimed to examine the relationships between antibiotic resistance, biofilm formation, and biofilm-specific resistance in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii. The tested 272 isolates were collected from several hospitals in China during 2010-2013. Biofilm-forming capacities were evaluated using the crystal violet staining method. Antibiotic resistance/susceptibility profiles to 21 antibiotics were assessed using VITEK 2 system, broth microdilution method or the Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum biofilm eradication concentration (MBEC) to cefotaxime, imipenem, and ciprofloxacin were evaluated using micro dilution assays. Genetic relatedness of the isolates was also analyzed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and plasmid profile. Among all the 272 isolates, 31 were multidrug-resistant (MDR), and 166 were extensively drug-resistant (XDR). PFGE typing revealed 167 pattern types and 103 clusters with a similarity of 80%. MDR and XDR isolates built up the main prevalent genotypes. Most of the non-MDR isolates were distributed in a scattered pattern. Additionally, 249 isolates exhibited biofilm formation, among which 63 were stronger biofilm formers than type strain ATCC19606. Population that exhibited more robust biofilm formation likely contained larger proportion of non-MDR isolates. Isolates with higher level of resistance tended to form weaker biofilms. The MBECs for cefotaxime, imipenem, and ciprofloxacin showed a positive correlation with corresponding MICs, while the enhancement in resistance occurred independent of the quantity of biofilm biomass produced. Results from this study imply that biofilm acts as a mechanism for bacteria to get a better survival, especially in isolates with resistance level not high enough. Moreover, even though biofilms formed by isolates with high level of resistance are always weak, they could still provide similar level of protection for the

  2. Combining Biofilm-Controlling Compounds and Antibiotics as a Promising New Way to Control Biofilm Infections

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    Andréia Bergamo Estrela; Wolf-Rainer Abraham

    2010-01-01

    Many bacteria grow on surfaces forming biofilms. In this structure, they are well protected and often high dosages of antibiotics cannot clear infectious biofilms. The formation and stabilization of biofilms are mediated by diffusible autoinducers (e.g. N-acyl homoserine lactones, small peptides, furanosyl borate diester). Metabolites interfering with this process have been identified in plants, animals and microbes, and synthetic analogues are known. Additionally, this seems to be not the on...

  3. A novel approach for harnessing biofilm communities in moving bed biofilm reactors for industrial wastewater treatment

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    Lemire, Joe A.; Marc A Demeter; Iain George; Howard Ceri; Turner, Raymond J.

    2015-01-01

    Moving bed biofilm reactors (MBBRs) are an effective biotechnology for treating industrial wastewater. Biomass retention on moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) carriers (biofilm support materials), allows for the ease-of-operation and high treatment capacity of MBBR systems. Optimization of MBBR systems has largely focused on aspects of carrier design, while little attention has been paid to enhancing strategies for harnessing microbial biomass. Previously, our research group demonstrated that ...

  4. Biofilm accumulation model that predicts antibiotic resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms.

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    Stewart, P.S.

    1994-01-01

    A computer model of biofilm dynamics was adapted to incorporate the activity of an antimicrobial agent on bacterial biofilm. The model was used to evaluate the plausibility of two mechanisms of biofilm antibiotic resistance by qualitative comparison with data from a well-characterized experimental system (H. Anwar, J. L. Strap, and J. W. Costerton, Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 36:1208-1214, 1992). The two mechanisms involved either depletion of the antibiotic by reaction with biomass or phys...

  5. The role of biofilms in onychomycosis.

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    Gupta, Aditya K; Daigle, Deanne; Carviel, Jessie L

    2016-06-01

    Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of nails primarily caused by dermatophyte fungi. Fungi are traditionally understood as existing in the environment as planktonic organisms; however, recent advancements in microbiology suggest that fungi form biofilms-complex sessile microbial communities irreversibly attached to epithelial surfaces by means of an extracellular matrix. The extracellular matrix also acts as a protective barrier to the organisms within the biofilm. The biofilm is surprisingly resistant to injury and may act as a persistent source of infection possibly accounting for antifungal resistance in onychomycosis. PMID:27012826

  6. Spatiotemporal evolution of bacterial biofilm colonies

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    Wilking, James; Koehler, Stephan; Sinha, Naveen; Seminara, Agnese; Brenner, Michael; Weitz, David

    2014-03-01

    Many bacteria on earth live in surface-attached communities known as biofilms. Gene expression in a biofilm is typically varied, resulting in a variety of phenotypes within a single film. These phenotypes play a critical role in biofilm physiology and development. We use time-resolved, wide-field fluorescence microscopy to image triple-labeled fluorescent Bacillus Subtilis colonies grown on agar to determine in a non-invasive fashion the evolving phenotypes. We infer their transition rates from the resulting spatiotemporal maps of gene expression. Moreover, we correlate these transition rates with local measurements of nutrient concentration to determine the influence of extracellular signals on gene expression.

  7. Cellular chain formation in Escherichia coli biofilms

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    Vejborg, Rebecca Munk; Klemm, Per

    2009-01-01

    In this study we report on a novel structural phenotype in Escherichia coli biofilms: cellular chain formation. Biofilm chaining in E. coli K-12 was found to occur primarily by clonal expansion, but was not due to filamentous growth. Rather, chain formation was the result of intercellular......; type I fimbriae expression significantly reduced cellular chain formation, presumably by steric hindrance. Cellular chain formation did not appear to be specific to E coli K-12. Although many urinary tract infection (UTI) isolates were found to form rather homogeneous, flat biofilms, three isolates...

  8. IMPACTS OF BIOFILM FORMATION ON CELLULOSE FERMENTATION

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    Leschine, Susan

    2009-10-31

    This project addressed four major areas of investigation: i) characterization of formation of Cellulomonas uda biofilms on cellulose; ii) characterization of Clostridium phytofermentans biofilm development; colonization of cellulose and its regulation; iii) characterization of Thermobifida fusca biofilm development; colonization of cellulose and its regulation; and iii) description of the architecture of mature C. uda, C. phytofermentans, and T. fusca biofilms. This research is aimed at advancing understanding of biofilm formation and other complex processes involved in the degradation of the abundant cellulosic biomass, and the biology of the microbes involved. Information obtained from these studies is invaluable in the development of practical applications, such as the single-step bioconversion of cellulose-containing residues to fuels and other bioproducts. Our results have clearly shown that cellulose-decomposing microbes rapidly colonize cellulose and form complex structures typical of biofilms. Furthermore, our observations suggest that, as cells multiply on nutritive surfaces during biofilms formation, dramatic cell morphological changes occur. We speculated that morphological changes, which involve a transition from rod-shaped cells to more rounded forms, might be more apparent in a filamentous microbe. In order to test this hypothesis, we included in our research a study of biofilm formation by T. fusca, a thermophilic cellulolytic actinomycete commonly found in compost. The cellulase system of T. fusca has been extensively detailed through the work of David Wilson and colleagues at Cornell, and also, genome sequence of a T. fusca strain has been determine by the DOE Joint Genome Institute. Thus, T. fusca is an excellent subject for studies of biofilm development and its potential impacts on cellulose degradation. We also completed a study of the chitinase system of C. uda. This work provided essential background information for understanding how C. uda

  9. Modeling the effect of tides and waves on benthic biofilms

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    Mariotti, G.; Fagherazzi, S.

    2012-12-01

    We propose a simple model for growth of benthic biofilm subject to variable hydrodynamic disturbances and with a biofilm-dependent erodibility (biostabilization). Model results show that, for disturbances with equal intensity, the biofilm is eroded or not depending on its current biomass, which is a function of the past evolution trajectory. Because of the finite time needed for a biofilm to develop, both the intensity and frequency of periodical disturbances, such as tidal currents, determine whether the biofilm can approach its equilibrium biomass. Spring-neap tidal modulation favors biofilm development, since the reduction of the current shear stress associated with neap tides allows biofilm growth, thus increasing biostabilization and the biofilm's likelihood to withstand the subsequent energetic spring tides. On the other hand, diurnal tidal modulations are negative for biofilm development, because the diel biofilm growth is almost negligible. Under stochastic disturbances associated with wind waves, there are two most-likely states for the biofilm biomass: either close to zero or close to the equilibrium value, depending on wave intensity. If biostabilization is reduced or eliminated, the probability of intermediate values for biofilm biomass becomes also significant. The role of biostabilization is hence to exacerbate the probability of the end-member states. Finally, because of the nonmonotonic relationship between water depth and wave induced bed stresses, only extremely shallow and deep areas favor biofilm persistence. If light attenuation with depth is considered, deep water becomes unsuitable for biofilm growth when water turbidity is high.

  10. Susceptibility of Porphyromonas gingivalis in biofilms to amoxicillin, doxycycline and metronidazole

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    Larsen, T.

    2002-01-01

    Biofilm, Porphyromonas gingivalis, susceptibility testing, amoxicillin, doxycycline, metronidazole......Biofilm, Porphyromonas gingivalis, susceptibility testing, amoxicillin, doxycycline, metronidazole...

  11. Understanding, preventing and eradicating Klebsiella pneumoniae biofilms.

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    Ribeiro, Suzana Meira; Cardoso, Marlon Henrique; Cândido, Elizabete de Souza; Franco, Octávio Luiz

    2016-04-01

    The ability of pathogenic bacteria to aggregate and form biofilm represents a great problem for public health, since they present extracellular components that encase these micro-organisms, making them more resistant to antibiotics and host immune attack. This may become worse when antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains form biofilms. However, antibiofilm screens with different compounds may reveal potential therapies to prevent/treat biofilm infections. Here, we focused on Klebsiella pneumoniae, an opportunistic bacterium that causes different types of infections, including in the bloodstream, meninges, lungs, urinary system and at surgical sites. We also highlight aspects involved in the formation and maintenance of K. pneumoniae biofilms, as well as resistance and the emergence of new trends to combat this health challenge. PMID:27064296

  12. Bursting the bubble on bacterial biofilms

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    Crusz, Shanika A; Popat, Roman; Rybtke, Morten Theil;

    2012-01-01

    The flow cell biofilm system is an important and widely used tool for the in vitro cultivation and evaluation of bacterial biofilms under hydrodynamic conditions of flow. This paper provides an introduction to the background and use of such systems, accompanied by a detailed guide to the assembly...... of the apparatus including the description of new modifications which enhance its performance. As such, this is an essential guide for the novice biofilm researcher as well as providing valuable trouble-shooting techniques for even the most experienced laboratories. The adoption of a common and...... reliable methodology amongst researchers would enable findings to be shared and replicated amongst the biofilm research community, with the overall aim of advancing understanding and management of these complex and widespread bacterial communities....

  13. Bacterial adhesion and biofilms on surfaces

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    Trevor Roger Garrett; Manmohan Bhakoo; Zhibing Zhang

    2008-01-01

    Bacterial adhesion has become a significant problem in industry and in the domicile,and much research has been done for deeper understanding of the processes involved.A generic biological model of bacterial adhesion and population growth called the bacterial biofilm growth cycle,has been described and modified many times.The biofilm growth cycle encompasses bacterial adhesion at all levels,starting with the initial physical attraction of bacteria to a substrate,and ending with the eventual liberation of cell dusters from the biofilm matrix.When describing bacterial adhesion one is simply describing one or more stages of biofilm development,neglecting the fact that the population may not reach maturity.This article provides an overview of bacterial adhesion.cites examples of how bac-terial adhesion affects industry and summarises methods and instrumentation used to improve our understanding of the adhesive prop-erties of bacteria.

  14. Influence of substrate micropatterning on biofilm growth

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    Koehler, Stephan; Li, Yiwei; Liu, Bi-Feng Liu; Weitz, David

    2015-11-01

    We culture triple reporter Bacillus Subtilis biofilm on micropatterned agar substrates. We track the biofilm development in terms of size, thickness, shape, and phenotype expression. For a tiling composed of elevated rectangles, we observe the biofilm develops an oval shape or triangular shape depending on the rectangle's aspect ratio and orientation. The motile cells are primarily located in the valleys between the rectangles and the matrix producing cells are mostly located on the rectangles. Wrinkles form at the edges of the elevated surfaces, and upon merging form channels centered on the elevated surface. After a few days, the spore-forming cells appear at the periphery. Since biofilms in nature grow on irregular surfaces, our work may provide insight into the complex patterns observed.

  15. MICROBIAL BIOFILMS AS INDICATORS OF ESTUARINE CONDITION

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    Microbial biofilms are complex communities of bacteria, protozoa, microalgae, and micrometazoa which exist in a polymer matrix on submerged surfaces. Their development is integrative of environmental conditions and is affected by local biodiversity, the availability of organic ma...

  16. Synergistic effects in mixed Escherichia coli biofilms

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    Reisner, A.; Holler, B.M.; Molin, Søren;

    2006-01-01

    pathways governing development of more complex heterogeneous communities. In this study, we established a laboratory model where biofilm-stimulating effects due to interactions between genetically diverse strains of Escherichia coli were monitored. Synergistic induction of biofilm formation resulting from...... the cocultivation of 403 undomesticated E. coli strains with a characterized E. coli K-12 strain was detected at a significant frequency. The survey suggests that different mechanisms underlie the observed stimulation, yet synergistic development of biofilm within the subset of E. coli isolates (n...... = 56) exhibiting the strongest effects was most often linked to conjugative transmission of natural plasmids carried by the E. coli isolates (70%). Thus, the capacity of an isolate to promote the biofilm through cocultivation was (i) transferable to the K-12 strain, (ii) was linked with the acquisition...

  17. Multiple Roles of Biosurfactants in Biofilms.

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    Satputea, Surekha K; Banpurkar, Arun G; Banat, Ibrahim M; Sangshetti, Jaiprakash N; Patil, Rajendra H; Gade, Wasudev N

    2016-01-01

    Microbial growth and biofilms formation are a continuous source of contamination on most surfaces with biological, inanimate, natural or man-made. The use of chemical surfactants in daily practice to control growth, presence or adhesion of microorganisms and ultimately the formation of biofilms and biofouling is therefore becoming essential. Synthetic surfactants are, however, not preferred or ideal and biologically derived surface active biosurfactants (BSs) molecules produced mainly by microorganisms are therefore becoming attractive and sought by many industries. The search for innovative and interesting BS molecules that have effective antimicrobial activities and to use as innovative alternatives to chemical surfactants with added antimicrobial value among many other advantages has been ongoing for some time. This review discusses the various roles of BS molecules in association with biofilm formation. Recent updates on several mechanisms involved in biofilm development and control are presented vide this article. PMID:26786675

  18. Demenz und Depression bei Patienten mit idiopathischem Parkinson-Syndrom

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Das idiopathische Parkinson-Syndrom (IPS ist eine progressive neurodegenerative Erkrankung mit motorischen und nicht-motorischen Symptomen. Bei Patienten mit IPS sind kognitive Defizite und Demenzen mit einer Prävalenz von 20–40 % nachgewiesen worden. Risikofaktoren für das Auftreten einer Parkinson-Demenz (PDe sind hohes Alter bei Krankheitsbeginn, schwere und/oder beidseitige motorische Symptomatik, Verwirrtheitszustände unter Levodopa-Medikation, aber auch Demenzerkrankungen in der Familie und niedriges Bildungsniveau. Patienten mit PDe weisen eine erhöhte Morbidität und Mortalität im Vergleich zu Patienten mit IPS ohne Demenz und der altersgleichen Normalbevölkerung auf, die unabhängig von der Schwere der motorischen Einbußen zweifach erhöht ist. Die Depression ist das häufigste psychiatrische Symptom beim IPS (die Angaben zur Prävalenz schwanken zwischen 4 % und 70 % und beeinflußt neben den Aktivitäten des täglichen Lebens wesentlich die Lebensqualität der Betroffenen. Darin liegt auch die Herausforderung, kognitive und affektive Symptome effizient zu behandeln.

  19. The micro turbine: the MIT example; La micro turbine: l'exemple du MIT

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    Ribaud, Y. [Office National d' Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (ONERA-DEFA), 92 - Chatillon (France)

    2001-10-01

    The micro turbine study began a few years ago at the MIT, with the participation of specialists from different fields. The purpose is the development of a MEMS (micro electro mechanical systems) based, 1 cm in diameter, micro gas turbine. Potential applications are devoted to micro drone propulsion, electric power generation for portable power sources in order to replace heavy Lithium batteries, satellite motorization, the surface distributed power for boundary suction on plane wings. The manufacturing constraints at such small scales lead to 2-D extruded shapes. The physical constraints stem from viscous effects and from limitations given by 2-D geometry. The time scales are generally shorter than for conventional machines. Otherwise the material properties are better at such length scales. Transposition from conventional turbomachinery laws is no more applicable and new design methods must be established. The present paper highlights the project progress and the technology breakthroughs. (author)

  20. Enhanced Biofilm Formation and Increased Resistance to Antimicrobial Agents and Bacterial Invasion Are Caused by Synergistic Interactions in Multispecies Biofilms

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    Burmølle, Mette; Webb, J.S.; Rao, D.;

    2006-01-01

    Most biofilms in their natural environments are likely to consist of consortia of species that influence each other in synergistic and antagonistic manners. However, few reports specifically address interactions within multispecies biofilms. In this study, 17 epiphytic bacterial strains, isolated...... specific interactions. In summary, our data strongly indicate that synergistic effects promote biofilm biomass and resistance of the biofilm to antimicrobial agents and bacterial invasion in multispecies biofilms.......Most biofilms in their natural environments are likely to consist of consortia of species that influence each other in synergistic and antagonistic manners. However, few reports specifically address interactions within multispecies biofilms. In this study, 17 epiphytic bacterial strains, isolated......-species biofilms resisted invasion to a greater extent than did the biofilms formed by the single species. Replacement of each strain by its cell-free culture supernatant suggested that synergy was dependent both on species-specific physical interactions between cells and on extracellular secreted factors or less...

  1. Prospects for Anti-Biofilm Pharmaceuticals

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    Stewart, Philip S.

    2015-01-01

    This commentary highlights several avenues currently being pursued in research labs to the development of new anti-biofilm pharmaceuticals. There is a real need for alternative therapeutic modalities for treating the persistent infections that sometimes form on implanted medical devices or compromised niches within the body. Strategies being researched include discovering new antimicrobial agents that kill microorganisms in biofilms more effectively than do existing antibiotics, designing dru...

  2. DIFFUSION IN BIOFILMS RESPIRING ON ELECTRODES

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    Renslow, RS; Babauta, JT; Majors, PD; Beyenal, H

    2012-01-01

    The goal of this study was to measure spatially and temporally resolved effective diffusion coefficients (De) in biofilms respiring on electrodes. Two model electrochemically active biofilms, Geobacter sulfurreducens PCA and Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, were investigated. A novel nuclear magnetic resonance microimaging perfusion probe capable of simultaneous electrochemical and pulsed-field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance (PFG-NMR) techniques was used. PFG-NMR allowed noninvasive, nondestr...

  3. Desiccation stress in two intertidal beachrock biofilms

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    Petrou, Katherina; Trimborn, Scarlett; Kühl, Michael; Ralph, Peter J.

    2014-01-01

    Chlorophyll a fluorescence was used to look at the effect of desiccation on the photophysiology in two beachrock microbial biofilms from the intertidal rock platform of Heron Island, Australia. The photophysiological response to desiccation differed between the beachrock microbial communities. The black biofilm from the upper shoreline, dominated by Calothrix sp., showed a response typical of desiccation-tolerant cyanobacteria, where photosynthesis closed down during air exposure with a rapid...

  4. STUDY OF ASPARTAME ON BIOFILM PRODUCTION

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    Sourabh; Piyali; Swagnik; Rajat

    2015-01-01

    Aspartame is an odourless white crystalline powder 160 - 200 times sweeter than sucrose used in beverages. The present study has been planned to observe the biofilm production of Streptococcus mutans over a biosurface and to assess the influence of aspartame on biofilm production ov er that surface. The lyophilic standard Streptococcus mutans ATCC 25175 (Hi media lab) was reactivated in Trypiticase Soy Broth incubated at37 0 C with 10% CO 2 ...

  5. The immune system vs. Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

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    Jensen, Peter Østrup; Givskov, Michael; Bjarnsholt, Thomas;

    2010-01-01

    Ilya Metchnikoff and Paul Ehrlich were awarded the Nobel price in 1908. Since then, numerous studies have unraveled a multitude of mechanistically different immune responses to intruding microorganisms. However, in the vast majority of these studies, the underlying infectious agents have appeared....... Although the present review on the immune system vs. biofilm bacteria is focused on Pseudomonas aeruginosa (mainly because this is the most thoroughly studied), many of the same mechanisms are also seen with biofilm infections generated by other microorganisms....

  6. Uranium Immobilization by Sulfate-reducing Biofilms

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    Hexavalent uranium [U(VI)] was immobilized using biofilms of the sulfate-reducing bacterium (SRB) Desulfovibrio desulfuricans G20. The biofilms were grown in flat-plate continuous-flow reactors using lactate as the electron donor and sulfate as the electron acceptor. U(VI) was continuously fed into the reactor for 32 weeks at a concentration of 126 ?M. During this time, the soluble U(VI) was removed (between 88 and 96% of feed) from solution and immobilized in the biofilms. The dynamics of U immobilization in the sulfate-reducing biofilms were quantified by estimating: (1) microbial activity in the SRB biofilm, defined as the hydrogen sulfide (H2S) production rate and estimated from the H2S concentration profiles measured using microelectrodes across the biofilms; (2) concentration of dissolved U in the solution; and (3) the mass of U precipitated in the biofilm. Results suggest that U was immobilized in the biofilms as a result of two processes: (1) enzymatically and (2) chemically, by reacting with microbially generated H2S. Visual inspection showed that the dissolved sulfide species reacted with U(VI) to produce a black precipitate. Synchrotron-based U L3-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy analysis of U precipitated abiotically by sodium sulfide indicated that U(VI) had been reduced to U(IV). Selected-area electron diffraction pattern and crystallographic analysis of transmission electron microscope lattice-fringe images confirmed the structure of precipitated U as being that of uraninite

  7. Tribological behaviour of oral mixed biofilms

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    Cruz, Helena Margarida Vaz; Henriques, Mariana; L. A. Rocha; Celis, J.P.

    2010-01-01

    The use of dental implants has been increasing even though failures do occur. The presence of wear debris and oral microorganisms can contribute to infections and jeopardize implant integration. The aim of this work was to study the influence of mixed biofilms in the tribological behaviour of commercially pure titanium for dental implants under different concentrations of fluoride. Samples of titanium with two different surface topographies were used. Mixed biofilms of Candida alb...

  8. Screening of Compounds against Gardnerella vaginalis Biofilms.

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    Gottschick, Cornelia; Szymon P Szafranski; Kunze, Brigitte; Sztajer, Helena; Masur, Clarissa; Abels, Christoph; Wagner-Döbler, Irene

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    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common infection in reproductive age woman and is characterized by dysbiosis of the healthy vaginal flora which is dominated by Lactobacilli, followed by growth of bacteria like Gardnerella vaginalis. The ability of G. vaginalis to form biofilms contributes to the high rates of recurrence that are typical for BV and which unfortunately make repeated antibiotic therapy inevitable. Here we developed a biofilm model for G. vaginalis and screened a large spectrum of ...

  9. Screening of Compounds against Gardnerella vaginalis Biofilms

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    Gottschick, Cornelia; Szymon P Szafranski; Kunze, Brigitte; Sztajer, Helena; Masur, Clarissa; Abels, Christoph; Wagner-Döbler, Irene

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common infection in reproductive age woman and is characterized by dysbiosis of the healthy vaginal flora which is dominated by Lactobacilli, followed by growth of bacteria like Gardnerella vaginalis. The ability of G. vaginalis to form biofilms contributes to the high rates of recurrence that are typical for BV and which unfortunately make repeated antibiotic therapy inevitable. Here we developed a biofilm model for G. vaginalis and screened a large spectrum of ...

  10. Actinomyces naeslundii in intial dental biofilm formation

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    Dige, Irene; Raarup, Merete Krog; Nyengaard, Jens Randel;

    2009-01-01

    Combined use of Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM) and Fluorescent in situ Hybridization (FISH) offers new opportunities for analysing the spatial relationships and temporal changes of specific members of microbial populations in intact dental biofilms. AIMS: The purpose of this study was ...... colonization in the inner part of the biofilm may have important ecological consequences. This study was supported by Aarhus University Research Foundation, The Swedish Patent Revenue Fund for Research in Preventive Odontology, and The Danish Dental Association....

  11. Biofilm growth and hydraulic conditions in sewers

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    Larrarte, Frédérique; France, X.; Pons, Marie Noëlle

    2011-01-01

    Coupons have been set in three sewers (Nantes, Nancy) in order to monitor the biofilm development on the walls depending upon flow conditions. The biofilm development is assessed via opacity and dry weight measurements. The data are discussed in function of the duration of immersion into the wastewater. The number of days of immersion is calculated from the position of the coupon and the water height which is continuously monitored near the coupons.

  12. Role of Biofilm Roughness and Hydrodynamic Conditions in Legionella pneumophila Adhesion to and Detachment from Simulated Drinking Water Biofilms

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    Shen, Yun; Monroy, Guillermo L.; Derlon, Nicolas; Janjaroen, Dao; Huang, Conghui; Morgenroth, Eberhard; Boppart, Stephen A.; Ashbolt, Nicholas J.; Liu, Wen-Tso; Nguyen, Thanh H.

    2015-01-01

    Biofilms in drinking water distribution systems (DWDS) could exacerbate the persistence and associated risks of pathogenic Legionella pneumophila (L. pneumophila), thus raising human health concerns. However, mechanisms controlling adhesion and subsequent detachment of L. pneumophila associated with biofilms remain unclear. We determined the connection between L. pneumophila adhesion and subsequent detachment with biofilm physical structure characterization using optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging technique. Analysis of the OCT images of multispecies biofilms grown under low nutrient condition up to 34 weeks revealed the lack of biofilm deformation even when these biofilms were exposed to flow velocity of 0.7 m/s, typical flow for DWDS. L. pneumophila adhesion on these biofilm under low flow velocity (0.007 m/s) positively correlated with biofilm roughness due to enlarged biofilm surface area and local flow conditions created by roughness asperities. The preadhered L. pneumophila on selected rough and smooth biofilms were found to detach when these biofilms were subjected to higher flow velocity. At the flow velocity of 0.1 and 0.3 m/s, the ratio of detached cell from the smooth biofilm surface was from 1.3 to 1.4 times higher than that from the rough biofilm surface, presumably because of the low shear stress zones near roughness asperities. This study determined that physical structure and local hydrodynamics control adhesion and detachment from simulated drinking water biofilm, thus it is the first step toward reducing the risk of L. pneumophila exposure and subsequent infections. PMID:25699403

  13. Nanoindentation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial biofilm using atomic force microscopy

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    Baniasadi, Mahmoud; Xu, Zhe; Gandee, Leah; Du, Yingjie; Lu, Hongbing; Zimmern, Philippe; Minary-Jolandan, Majid

    2014-12-01

    Bacterial biofilms are a source of many chronic infections. Biofilms and their inherent resistance to antibiotics are attributable to a range of health issues including affecting prosthetic implants, hospital-acquired infections, and wound infection. Mechanical properties of biofilm, in particular, at micro- and nano-scales, are governed by microstructures and porosity of the biofilm, which in turn may contribute to their inherent antibiotic resistance. We utilize atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based nanoindentation and finite element simulation to investigate the nanoscale mechanical properties of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial biofilm. This biofilm was derived from human samples and represents a medically relevant model.

  14. Dissipative-particle-dynamics model of biofilm growth

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    Xu, Zhijie; Meakin, Paul; Tartakovsky, Alexandre M.; Scheibe, Timothy D.

    2011-06-13

    A dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) model for the quantitative simulation of biofilm growth controlled by substrate (nutrient) consumption, advective and diffusive substrate transport, and hydrodynamic interactions with fluid flow (including fragmentation and reattachment) is described. The model was used to simulate biomass growth, decay, and spreading. It predicts how the biofilm morphology depends on flow conditions, biofilm growth kinetics, the rheomechanical properties of the biofilm and adhesion to solid surfaces. The morphology of the model biofilm depends strongly on its rigidity and the magnitude of the body force that drives the fluid over the biofilm.

  15. The Host’s Reply to Candida Biofilm

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    Jeniel E. Nett

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Candida spp. are among the most common nosocomial fungal pathogens and are notorious for their propensity toward biofilm formation. When growing on a medical device or mucosal surface, these organisms reside as communities embedded in a protective matrix, resisting host defenses. The host responds to Candida biofilm by depositing a variety of proteins that become incorporated into the biofilm matrix. Compared to free-floating Candida, leukocytes are less effective against Candida within a biofilm. This review highlights recent advances describing the host’s response to Candida biofilms using ex vivo and in vivo models of mucosal and device-associated biofilm infections.

  16. Nanoindentation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial biofilm using atomic force microscopy

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    Bacterial biofilms are a source of many chronic infections. Biofilms and their inherent resistance to antibiotics are attributable to a range of health issues including affecting prosthetic implants, hospital-acquired infections, and wound infection. Mechanical properties of biofilm, in particular, at micro- and nano-scales, are governed by microstructures and porosity of the biofilm, which in turn may contribute to their inherent antibiotic resistance. We utilize atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based nanoindentation and finite element simulation to investigate the nanoscale mechanical properties of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial biofilm. This biofilm was derived from human samples and represents a medically relevant model. (paper)

  17. Actinomyces naeslundii in initial dental biofilm formation.

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    Dige, I; Raarup, M K; Nyengaard, J R; Kilian, M; Nyvad, B

    2009-07-01

    The combined use of confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) offers new opportunities for analysis of the spatial relationships and temporal changes of specific members of the microbiota of intact dental biofilms. The purpose of this study was to analyse the patterns of colonization and population dynamics of Actinomyces naeslundii compared to streptococci and other bacteria during the initial 48 h of biofilm formation in the oral cavity. Biofilms developed on standardized glass slabs mounted in intra-oral appliances worn by ten individuals for 6, 12, 24 and 48 h. The biofilms were subsequently labelled with probes against A. naeslundii (ACT476), streptococci (STR405) or all bacteria (EUB338), and were analysed by CLSM. Labelled bacteria were quantified by stereological tools. The results showed a notable increase in the number of streptococci and A. naeslundii over time, with a tendency towards a slower growth rate for A. naeslundii compared with streptococci. A. naeslundii was located mainly in the inner part of the multilayered biofilm, indicating that it is one of the species that attaches directly to the acquired pellicle. The participation of A. naeslundii in the initial stages of dental biofilm formation may have important ecological consequences. PMID:19406899

  18. Biofilm formation of Francisella noatunensis subsp. orientalis.

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    Soto, Esteban; Halliday-Simmonds, Iona; Francis, Stewart; Kearney, Michael T; Hansen, John D

    2015-12-31

    Francisella noatunensis subsp. orientalis (Fno) is an emergent fish pathogen in both marine and fresh water environments. The bacterium is suspected to persist in the environment even without the presence of a suitable fish host. In the present study, the influence of different abiotic factors such as salinity and temperature were used to study the biofilm formation of different isolates of Fno including intracellular growth loci C (iglC) and pathogenicity determinant protein A (pdpA) knockout strains. Finally, we compared the susceptibility of planktonic and biofilm to three disinfectants used in the aquaculture and ornamental fish industry, namely Virkon(®), bleach and hydrogen peroxide. The data indicates that Fno is capable of producing biofilms within 24 h where both salinity as well as temperature plays a role in the growth and biofilm formation of Fno. Mutations in the iglC or pdpA, both known virulence factors, do not appear to affect the capacity of Fno to produce biofilms, and the minimum inhibitory concentration, and minimum biocidal concentration for the three disinfectants were lower than the minimum biofilm eradication concentration values. This information needs to be taken into account if trying to eradicate the pathogen from aquaculture facilities or aquariums. PMID:26507830

  19. Biofilm formation of Francisella noatunensis subsp. orientalis

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    Soto, Esteban; Halliday-Wimmonds, Iona; Kearney, Michael T; Hansen, John D.

    2015-01-01

    Francisella noatunensis subsp. orientalis (Fno) is an emergent fish pathogen in both marine and fresh water environments. The bacterium is suspected to persist in the environment even without the presence of a suitable fish host. In the present study, the influence of different abiotic factors such as salinity and temperature were used to study the biofilm formation of different isolates of Fno including intracellular growth loci C (iglC)and pathogenicity determinant protein A (pdpA) knockout strains. Finally, we compared the susceptibility of planktonic and biofilm to three disinfectants used in the aquaculture and ornamental fish industry, namely Virkon®, bleach and hydrogen peroxide. The data indicates that Fno is capable of producing biofilms within 24 h where both salinity as well as temperature plays a role in the growth and biofilm formation of Fno. Mutations in theiglC or pdpA, both known virulence factors, do not appear to affect the capacity of Fno to produce biofilms, and the minimum inhibitory concentration, and minimum biocidal concentration for the three disinfectants were lower than the minimum biofilm eradication concentration values. This information needs to be taken into account if trying to eradicate the pathogen from aquaculture facilities or aquariums.

  20. Islam, Migration und Integration: Konflikte jugendlicher Migranten mit islamischem Hintergrund

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    Ilhan Kizilhan

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Der Islam mit seinen verschiedenen Verhaltensweisen und Verboten spielt direkt oder indirekt immer noch eine wichtige Rolle im alltäglichen Leben vieler Migranten. Religiöse Vorschriften zeichnen sich dadurch aus, dass ihrer Achtung nicht juristisch, sondern durch sozialen Druck Nachdruck verliehen wird (Verwandtschaft, religiöse Lehrer, islamische Gemeinde, religiöse Vereine etc. und dass ihre Missachtung mit Folgen in Form von Ausgrenzung, Missachtung und Diskriminierung einhergeht. Die kulturellen Vorstellungen der ersten Generation unterscheiden sich auf Grund der unterschiedlichen Biografien von denen der zweiten und dritten durch den Grad der Verwurzelung in der kulturellen Identität und der Verbundenheit mit traditionellen Wertvorstellungen. Fehlende Integrationskonzepte, Ausgrenzung im Migrationsland auf der einen und weltweite staatliche und halbstaatliche Konflikte im Namen des Islams bis hin zum Terrorismus auf der anderen Seite haben einen erheblichen Einfluss auf den Integrationsgrad von jugendlichen Migranten im Aufnahmeland.

  1. Professionell entwickeln mit Java EE 7 das umfassende Handbuch

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    Salvanos, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Ein praxisorientiertes Lehrbuch zur JEE 7 und zugleich ein Standardwerk, das Sie auf Ihrem Weg zum Enterprise-Entwickler begleitet. Inklusive Best Practices für leichtgewichtige Enterprise Applications, Standards zu servicebasierten Anwendungen, Persistence API, Dependency Injection, HTML5 und Performance-Tuning. Aus dem Inhalt: Grundlagen und Installation Software-Architektur mit Java EE Webanwendungen mit HTML5 und CSS3 Java Standard Tag Library Asynchrone Servlets und Non-blocking I/O Datenbanken anbinden mit der JDBC API Java Server Faces Datenbank-Organisation Java Persistence API Objektrelationales Mapping Transaktionssicherheit Performance-Tuning Internationalisierung Enterprise Java Beans WebSockets PrimeFaces Deployment Galileo Press heißt von jetzt an Rheinwerk Verlag.

  2. Microelectrodes as novel research tools for environmental biofilm studies

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    Biofilm processes are widely utilized in environmental engineering for biodegradation of contaminated waters, gases and soils. It is important to understand the structure and functions of biofilms. Microelectrodes are novel experimental tools for environmental biofilm studies. The authors reviewed the techniques of oxygen, sulfide, redox potential and pH microelectrode. These microelectrodes have tip diameters of 3 to 20 μm, resulting a high spatial resolution. They enable us directly measure the chemical conditions as results of microbial activities in biofilms. The authors also reported the laboratory and field studies of wastewater biofilms using microelectrode techniques. The results of these studies provided experimental evidence on the stratification of microbial processes and the associated redox potential change in wastewater biofilms: (1) The oxygen penetration depth was only a fraction of the biofilm thickness. This observation, first made under laboratory conditions, has been confirmed under field conditions. (2) The biofilms with both aerobic oxidation and sulfate reduction had a clearly stratified structure. This was evidenced by a sharp decrease of redox potential near the interface between the aerobic zone and the sulfate reduction zone within the biofilm. In this type of biofilms, aerobic oxidation took place only in a shallow layer near the biofilm surface and sulfate reduction occurred in the deeper anoxic zone. (3) The redox potential changed with the shift of primary microbial process in biofilms, indicating that it is possible to use redox potential to help illustrate the structure and functions of biofilms. (author)

  3. Wege zu einem nachhaltigen Umgang mit Süßwasser

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    Wissenschaftlicher Beirat Globale Umweltveränderungen

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    Der Umgang mit Wasser – seine Erschließung, Verteilung, Nutzung, Reinhaltung und Abwehr – hat die Geschichte der menschlichen Zivilisation nachhaltig geprägt. Der Umgang mit Wasser ist aber auch eine der vorrangigen Aufgaben der Gegenwart. Heute leben rund 2 Mrd. Menschen ohne Zugang zu sauberem Trink- und Sanitärwasser (Gleick, 1993), weltweit werden nur 5% der Abwässer gereinigt. Infolgedessen leidet jeder zweite Mensch in den Entwicklungsländern an einer wasserbedingten Krankheit; 5 Mio. M...

  4. Beiträge zur Analyse von Finanzmarktmodellen mit Transaktionskosten

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    Prelle, Claas

    2007-01-01

    Gegenstand dieser Arbeit ist die Untersuchung von Finanzmarktmodellen, die für den An- und Verkauf von Finanzgütern anfallende Kosten berücksichtigen, sogenannte Transaktionskosten. Zentrales Thema ist dabei ein Portfoliooptimierungsproblem in einem Black-Scholes-Modell mit n Aktien bei unendlichem Zeithorizont. Es wird mit erneuerungstheoretischen Methoden gezeigt, daß sich für eine große Klasse von Strategien die asymptotische Rendite des zugehörigen Portfolios auf das Verhalten in einer "...

  5. Index3 Algebro-Differentialgleichungen mit proper formuliertem Hauptterm

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    Schumilina, Irina

    2002-01-01

    Diese Arbeit widmet sich der Untersuchung von Algebro-Differentialgleichungen mit Index 3. Im ersten Kapitel werden grundlegende Begriffe und die Definition der DAE mit Index3 eingefürt. Dabei wird eine spezielle Kette von Matrixfunktionen verwendet. Weiter wird die Invarianz des Indexes $ \\mu = \\{ 1,2,3\\} $ unter regulären Transformationen bewiesen. Im zweiten Kapitel erhalten wir die Zerlegung der Index3 DAE und beweisen die Lösbarkeit der DAE. Im dritten Teil vergleichen wir den von P. Kun...

  6. Stochastische Differentialgleichungen mit unendlichem Gedächtnis

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    Riedle, Markus

    2003-01-01

    Für einen R^d-wertigen stochastischen Prozess X auf R bezeichne X_t den Segmentprozess X_t:={X(t+u): u = 0. Es wird folgende affine stochastische Differentialgleichung mit unendlichem Gedächtnis betrachtet: dX(t)=L(X_t)dt + dW(t) für t >= 0, X_0=F, (A) wobei L:B -> R^d ein lineares stetiges Funktional, W einen Wiener-Prozess mit Werten in R^d sowie B einen semi-normierten linearen Unterraum von {f:(-00, 0] -> R^d} bezeichnen. Die Anfangsbedingung F ist eine B-wertige Zufallsvariab...

  7. Enantioselektive katalytische Hydrierung mit polymerfixiertem Katalysator auf einer Kieselgurmatrix

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    Jaser, Karl

    2004-01-01

    Diese Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit der Fixierung des enantioselektiven Rhodium-Pyrphos-Katalysators auf einer inerten Kieselgurmatrix. Dabei wird als Polymer Glycerin-tris[polypropylenglycol-amingestoppt]-ether verwendet, das mit 1,3,5-Benzoltricarbonsäure-trichlorid oder 1,6-Diisocyanato-hexan vernetzt wird. Die Hydrierdauer einer bestimmten Menge Acetamidozimtsäure, der Umsatz und der ee-Wert, die im Batch-Betrieb ermittelt wurden, lassen einen Rückschluss auf die Menge des reaktiven Rhodium...

  8. Mikrostrukturierte segmentierte Paul-Falle mit einstellbarem Magnetfeldgradienten

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    Kaufmann, Delia

    2012-01-01

    Lasergekühlte Ionenketten in mikrostrukturierten Paul-Fallen (Mikrofallen) bieten ein großes Potential für Anwendungen in den Quanteninformationswissenschaften. Sie können in einer dekohärenzarmen Umgebung präpariert und manipuliert, und ihre Zustände mit einer Effizienz von fast 100% detektiert werden. Mit zusätzlichen Magnetfeldgradienten ist es möglich, die Ionen im Frequenzraum zu adressieren und zu koppeln (MAGIC-Methode - MAgnetic Gradient Induced Coupling). In dieser Arbeit wurde ei...

  9. A novel planar flow cell for studies of biofilm heterogeneity and flow-biofilm interactions

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    Zhang, Wei; Sileika, Tadas S.; Chen, Cheng; Liu, Yang; Lee, Jisun; Packman, Aaron I.

    2012-01-01

    Biofilms are microbial communities growing on surfaces, and are ubiquitous in nature, in bioreactors, and in human infection. Coupling between physical, chemical, and biological processes is known to regulate the development of biofilms; however, current experimental systems do not provide sufficient control of environmental conditions to enable detailed investigations of these complex interactions. We developed a novel planar flow cell that supports biofilm growth under complex two-dimensional fluid flow conditions. This device provides precise control of flow conditions and can be used to create well-defined physical and chemical gradients that significantly affect biofilm heterogeneity. Moreover, the top and bottom of the flow chamber are transparent, so biofilm growth and flow conditions are fully observable using non-invasive confocal microscopy and high-resolution video imaging. To demonstrate the capability of the device, we observed the growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms under imposed flow gradients. We found a positive relationship between patterns of fluid velocity and biofilm biomass because of faster microbial growth under conditions of greater local nutrient influx, but this relationship eventually reversed because high hydrodynamic shear leads to the detachment of cells from the surface. These results reveal that flow gradients play a critical role in the development of biofilm communities. By providing new capability for observing biofilm growth, solute and particle transport, and net chemical transformations under user-specified environmental gradients, this new planar flow cell system has broad utility for studies of environmental biotechnology and basic biofilm microbiology, as well as applications in bioreactor design, environmental engineering, biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology, and biomedical research. PMID:21656713

  10. Automatic quantification of early transition points in biofilm formation

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    Thatcher, Travis; Bienvenu, Samuel; Strain, Shinji; Gordon, Vernita

    2010-10-01

    Biofilms are multicellular, dynamic communities of interacting single-cell organisms, like bacteria. Biofilms are responsible for many infectious diseases as well as for significant damage in industrial settings, yet many aspects of biofilm formation are not well understood. Identifying and quantifying the interactions leading to biofilm formation will not only be important for understanding the basic science of these and other multicellular systems, but it will also be essential for designing targeted strategies to prevent or disrupt biofilms. In particular, it is not clear what physical interactions, and corresponding biological mechanisms, are responsible for the early steps in biofilm formation. Because of this, we are developing high-throughput software techniques to analyze micrograph movies of biofilm formation, from attachment to surfaces through the development of microcolonies. This work will focus on developing software tools to identify and quantify key steps in biofilm formation, first in non-chemotacting systems and later in chemotacting (and autotacting) systems.

  11. Extracellular DNA formation during biofilm development by freshwater bacteria

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    Tang, Lone; Schramm, Andreas; Revsbech, Niels Peter;

    2011-01-01

    a transient peak at 6 hours, and in Rheinheimera the concentration peaked at 12 hours and remained high. Interestingly, the Rheinheimera biofilm dispersed immediately after the eDNA concentration peaked. The antimicrobial effect of eDNA was tested in growth experiments, and Rheinheimera was strongly......Extracellular DNA (eDNA) has been shown to be important for biofilm formation, both in the initial step of biofilm formation (attachment), and for securing the structural stability of the mature biofilm. It is unclear whether a general consensus exists for when in biofilm formation the presence of...... eDNA is most important. In this study, we investigated the significance of eDNA during biofilm formation in four freshwater isolates. The aim was to relate the quantity and timing of eDNA production to the isolates’ ability to form biofilms. eDNA and biofilm biomass was quantified over time during...

  12. Metagenomic Analysis of Showerhead Biofilms from a Hospital in Ohio

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    Background: The National Institute of Health estimated that 80% of human microbial infections are associated with biofilms. Although water supplies and hospital equipments are constantly treated with disinfectants, the presence of biofilms in these areas has been frequently obser...

  13. Biofilm diatom community structure: Influence of temporal and substratum variability

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    Patil, J.S.; Anil, A.C.

    occasions, the influence of planktonic blooms was also seen on the biofilm community. A comparative study of biofilms formed on the two substrata revealed significant differences in density and diversity. However species composition was almost constant...

  14. Oh What a Tangled Biofilm Web Bacteria Weave

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    ... Inside Life Science > Oh What a Tangled Biofilm Web Bacteria Weave Inside Life Science View All Articles | Inside Life Science Home Page Oh What a Tangled Biofilm Web Bacteria Weave By Elia Ben-Ari Posted May ...

  15. Strategies for antimicrobial drug delivery to biofilm.

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    Martin, Claire; Low, Wan Li; Gupta, Abhishek; Amin, Mohd Cairul Iqbal Mohd; Radecka, Iza; Britland, Stephen T; Raj, Prem; Kenward, Ken M A

    2015-01-01

    Biofilms are formed by the attachment of single or mixed microbial communities to a variety of biological and/or synthetic surfaces. Biofilm micro-organisms benefit from many advantages of the polymicrobial environment including increased resistance against antimicrobials and protection against the host organism's defence mechanisms. These benefits stem from a number of structural and physiological differences between planktonic and biofilm-resident microbes, but two main factors are the presence of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and quorum sensing communication. Once formed, biofilms begin to synthesise EPS, a complex viscous matrix composed of a variety of macromolecules including proteins, lipids and polysaccharides. In terms of drug delivery strategies, it is the EPS that presents the greatest barrier to diffusion for drug delivery systems and free antimicrobial agents alike. In addition to EPS synthesis, biofilm-based micro-organisms can also produce small, diffusible signalling molecules involved in cell density-dependent intercellular communication, or quorum sensing. Not only does quorum sensing allow microbes to detect critical cell density numbers, but it also permits co-ordinated behaviour within the biofilm, such as iron chelation and defensive antibiotic activities. Against this backdrop of microbial defence and cell density-specific communication, a variety of drug delivery systems have been developed to deliver antimicrobial agents and antibiotics to extracellular and/or intracellular targets, or more recently, to interfere with the specific mechanisms of quorum sensing. Successful delivery strategies have employed lipidic and polymeric-based formulations such as liposomes and cyclodextrins respectively, in addition to inorganic carriers e.g. metal nanoparticles. This review will examine a range of drug delivery systems and their application to biofilm delivery, as well as pharmaceutical formulations with innate antimicrobial properties

  16. Zwischen Ressourcen und doppelter Belastung – Familien mit Migrationshintergrund und Kindern mit Behinderung stärken

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    Tsirigotis, Cornelia

    2011-01-01

    Familien mit Migrationshintergrund leben häufig in schwierigen sozialen und ökonomischen Verhältnissen. Das äußert sich zum einen in besonderem Hilfebedarf, sollte zum anderen jedoch nicht den Blick für die eigenen Möglichkeiten dieser Familien verstellen. Im vorliegenden Beitrag wird der Blick auf Ressourcen gerichtet, die Familien in der Migration erwerben. Systemische Ansätze bieten dabei hilfreiche Perspektiven, mit unterschiedlichen kulturellen Vorannahmen umzugehen. Dies unterstüt...

  17. Zum Tragverhalten von mehrschichtigen Glaselementen mit integrierten Funktionsträgern am Beispiel von Glaslamellen mit eingebetteten Hologrammen

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    Topp, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Glasfassaden werden neben den originären Aufgaben der Belichtung und des Gebäudeabschlusses, in zunehmendem Maße mit weiteren Funktionen ausgestattet. Die dafür notwendigen Funktionselemente sind überwiegend als Folien ausgebildet und in die Funktionsschichten von Verbundgläsern integriert. Es entstehen mehrschichtige Funktionsgläser mit einem Potenzial für Verbundtragwirkung. Die sichere Identifizierung dieses Tragverhaltens im Hinblick auf eine wirtschaftliche Dimensionierung für größere Sp...

  18. Streptococcus gordonii glucosyltransferase promotes biofilm interactions with Candida albicans

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Candida albicans co-aggregates with Streptococcus gordonii to form biofilms and their interactions in mucosal biofilms may lead to pathogenic synergy. Although the functions of glucosyltransferases (Gtf of Mutans streptococci have been well characterized, the biological roles of these enzymes in commensal oral streptococci, such as S. gordonii, in oral biofilm communities are less clear. Objective: The objective of this work was to explore the role of GtfG, the single Gtf enzyme of S. gordonii, in biofilm interactions with C. albicans. Design: Biofilms were grown under salivary flow in flow cells in vitro, or under static conditions in 96 well plates. A panel of isogenic S. gordonii CH1 gtfG mutants and complemented strains were co-inoculated with C. albicans strain SC5314 to form mixed biofilms. Biofilm accretion and binding interactions between the two organisms were tested. Biofilms were quantified using confocal microscopy or the crystal violet assay. Results: The presence of GtfG enhanced dual biofilm accretion, and sucrose supplementation further augmented dual biofilm formation, pointing to a role of newly synthesized glucans. GtfG also promoted binding to C. albicans preformed biofilms. Soluble α-1,6-glucans played a role in these interactions since: 1 a strain producing only soluble glucans (CH107 formed robust dual biofilms under conditions of salivary flow; and 2 the dual biofilm was susceptible to enzymatic breakdown by dextranase which specifically degrades soluble α-1,6-glucans. Conclusion: Our work identified a novel molecular mechanism for C. albicans and S. gordonii biofilm interactions, mediated by GtfG. This protein promotes early biofilm binding of S. gordonii to C. albicans which leads to increased accretion of streptococcal cells in mixed biofilms. We also showed that soluble glucans, with α-1,6-linkages, promoted inter-generic adhesive interactions.

  19. Biofilm delays wound healing: A review of the evidence

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    Metcalf, Daniel G.; Philip G Bowler

    2014-01-01

    Biofilm is the predominant mode of life for bacteria and today it is implicated in numerous human diseases. A growing body of scientific and clinical evidence now exists regarding the presence of biofilm in wounds. This review summarizes the clinical experiences and in vivo evidence that implicate biofilm in delayed wound healing. The various mechanisms by which biofilm may impede healing are highlighted, including impaired epithelialization and granulation tissue formation, and reduced susce...

  20. The Composition and Metabolic Phenotype of Neisseria gonorrhoeae Biofilms

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    Michael A Apicella

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available N. gonorrhoeae has been shown to form biofilms during cervical infection. Thus, biofilm formation may play an important role in the infection of women. The ability of N. gonorrhoeae to form membrane blebs is crucial to biofilm formation. Blebs contain DNA and outer membrane structures, which have been shown to be major constituents of the biofilm matrix. The organism expresses a DNA thermonuclease that is involved in remodeling of the biofilm matrix. Comparison of the transcriptional profiles of gonococcal biofilms and planktonic runoff indicate that genes involved in anaerobic metabolism and oxidative stress tolerance are more highly expressed in biofilm. The expression of aniA, ccp, and norB, which encode nitrite reductase, cytochrome c peroxidase, and nitric oxide reductase respectively, is required for mature biofilm formation over glass and human cervical cells. In addition, anaerobic respiration occurs in the substratum of gonococcal biofilms and disruption of the norB gene required for anaerobic respiration, results in a severe biofilm attenuation phenotype. It has been demonstrated that accumulation of nitric oxide (NO contributes to the phenotype of a norB mutant and can retard biofilm formation. However, NO can also enhance biofilm formation, and this is largely dependent on the concentration and donation rate or steady state kinetics of NO. The majority of the genes involved in gonococcal oxidative stress tolerance are also required for normal biofilm formation, as mutations in the following genes result in attenuated biofilm formation over cervical cells and/or glass: oxyR, gor, prx, mntABC, trxB, and estD. Overall, biofilm formation appears to be an adaptation for coping with the environmental stresses present in the female genitourinary tract. Therefore, this review will discuss the studies, which describe the composition and metabolic phenotype of gonococcal biofilms.

  1. Role of extracellular DNA in Candida albicans biofilms

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    Martins, Margarida; Henriques, Mariana; Lopez-Ribot, José L.; Oliveira, Rosário

    2009-01-01

    DNA has been described as a structural component of the extracellular matrix in bacterial biofilms. However, in Candida albicans there is a scarce knowledge concerning the contribution of extracellular DNA (ecDNA) to biofilm matrix and overall structure. The main objective of this work was to examine the effect of Deoxyribonuclease I (DNase) treatment and the addition of exogenous DNA on C. albicans biofilm as indicators of the role of ecDNA in biofilm structure and developm...

  2. Interaction between biofilms formed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and clarithromycin.

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    Yasuda, H; Ajiki, Y; Koga, T.; Kawada, H; Yokota, T.

    1993-01-01

    Interactions between bacterial biofilms formed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and clarithromycin, a macrolide having no anti-P. aeruginosa activity, were investigated. P. aeruginosa incubated for 10 days on membrane filters formed biofilms on the surfaces of the filters. The biofilms were characterized by dense colonizations of bacteria and thick membranous structures that covered the colonies. Treatment of the biofilms with a relatively low concentration of clarithromycin for 5 days resulted in a...

  3. Susceptibility of Staphylococcus aureus biofilms to reactive discharge gases

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    Traba, Christian; Liang, Jun F.

    2011-01-01

    Formation of bacterial biofilms at solid-liquid interfaces creates numerous problems in both industrial and biomedical sciences. In this study, the susceptibility of Staphylococcus aureus biofilms to discharge gas generated from plasma was tested. It was found that despite distinct chemical/physical properties, discharge gases from oxygen, nitrogen, and argon demonstrated very potent and almost the same anti-biofilm activity. The bacterial cells in S. aureus biofilms were killed (>99.9%) by d...

  4. Intrigues of biofilm: A perspective in veterinary medicine

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    Umar Faruk Abdullahi; Ephraim Igwenagu; Anas Mu’azu; Sani Aliyu; Maryam Ibrahim Umar

    2016-01-01

    Biofilm has a tremendous impact in the field of veterinary medicine, especially the livestock industry, leading to a serious economic loss. Over the years, little attention has been given to biofilm in animals with most of the research geared toward human biofilm diseases. The greatest challenge posed by biofilm is in its incredible ability to resist most of the currently existing antibiotics. This mystery can best be demystified through understanding the mechanism of the quorum sensing which...

  5. Orthopedics and biofilm – what do we know? A review

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    Zoubos, Aristides B.; Galanakos, Spyridon P.; Soucacos, Panayotis N.

    2012-01-01

    Summary Bacteria have been found to grow predominantly in biofilms. The initial stage includes the attachment of bacteria to the substratum. Bacterial growth and division then leads to the colonization of the surrounding area and the formation of the biofilm. The environment in a biofilm is not homogeneous; the bacteria in a multispecies biofilm are not randomly distributed, but rather are organized to best meet their needs. Although there is an initial understanding on the mechanisms of biof...

  6. Role of biofilm in catheter-associated urinary tract infection

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    Trautner, Barbara W.; Darouiche, Rabih O.

    2004-01-01

    The predominant form of life for the majority of microorganisms in any hydrated biologic system is a cooperative community termed a “biofilm.” A biofilm on an indwelling urinary catheter consists of adherent microorganisms, their extracellular products, and host components deposited on the catheter. The biofilm mode of life conveys a survival advantage to the microorganisms associated with it and, thus, biofilm on urinary catheters results in persistent infections that are resistant to antimi...

  7. Microspatial variation in marine biofilm abundance on intertidal rock surfaces

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    Aitchison, JC; Williams, GA; Hutchinson, N; Nagarkar, S

    2006-01-01

    The effect of substrate surface roughness on small-scale patchiness and the ability of molluscan grazers to feed on intertidal biofilms was examined in a factorial experiment. Granite slabs were treated to create 4 different levels of surface roughness, and biofilm and macroalgae were allowed to recruit. Biofilm cover varied greatly with slab roughness, and was spatially patchy at a scale of millimetres. Diatoms dominated the biofilm, but were less abundant on surfaces with the smallest pits....

  8. Biofilms and Wounds: An Overview of the Evidence

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    Percival, Steven L.; McCarty, Sara M.; Lipsky, Benjamin

    2015-01-01

    Significance: Microorganisms can exist both in the planktonic and biofilm state. Each phenotypic state has a role to play in delaying healing and causing infections of both acute and chronic wounds. However, the virulent biofilm state is the fundamental reason that chronic wounds do not heal in a timely manner. We hypothesize that because microorganisms attach to any surface, biofilms can be found in all chronic wounds. However, it is not the biofilm per se that represents the greatest obstac...

  9. Bacterial Biofilm: Its Composition, Formation and Role in Human Infections

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    Muhsin Jama; Ufaq Tasneem; Tahir Hussain; Saadia Andleeb

    2015-01-01

    Biofilm is an association of micro-organisms in which microbial cells adhere to each other on a living or non-living surfaces within a self-produced matrix of extracellular polymeric substance. Bacterial biofilm is infectious in nature and can results in nosocomial infections. According to National Institutes of Health (NIH) about about 65% of all microbial infections, and 80% of all chronic infections are associated with biofilms. Biofilm formation is a multi-step process starting with attac...

  10. The Pseudomonas Quinolone Signal Inhibits Biofilm Development of Streptococcus mutans

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    Inaba, Tomohiro; Oura, Hiromu; Morinaga, Kana; Toyofuku, Masanori; Nomura, Nobuhiko

    2015-01-01

    Bacteria often thrive in natural environments through a sessile mode of growth, known as the biofilm. Biofilms are well-structured communities and their formation is tightly regulated. However, the mechanisms by which interspecies interactions alter the formation of biofilms have not yet been elucidated in detail. We herein demonstrated that a quorum-sensing signal in Pseudomonas aeruginosa (the Pseudomonas quinolone signal; PQS) inhibited biofilm formation by Streptococcus mutans. Although t...

  11. Biofilm Formation by Hyperpiliated Mutants of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Chiang, Poney; Burrows, Lori L.

    2003-01-01

    Under static growth conditions, hyperpiliated, nontwitching pilT and pilU mutants of Pseudomonas aeruginosa formed dense biofilms, showing that adhesion, not twitching motility, is necessary for biofilm initiation. Under flow conditions, the pilT mutant formed mushroom-like structures larger than those of the wild type but the pilU mutant was defective in biofilm formation. Therefore, twitching motility affects the development of biofilm structure, possibly through modulation of detachment.

  12. Ein Konzept für die merkmalsbasierte Tumor-Klassifikation mit diagnostischem Ultraschall

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    Siebers, Stefan

    2008-01-01

    Die Bildgebung mit Ultraschall (Sonographie) hat sich zu der am häufigsten verwendeten medizinischen Bildgebungsmodalität entwickelt. Eine Unterscheidung gut- und bösartiger Tumoren mit Hilfe der Sonographie setzt allerdings große Erfahrung beim Untersucher voraus und gilt als außerordentlich schwierig. In dieser Arbeit wurde daher ein Konzept zur automatisierten Klassifikation mit diagnostischem Ultraschall entwickelt und im Rahmen einer klinischen Studie mit 138 Fällen zur Digni...

  13. Die Entwicklung des Emotionswissens und der behavioralen Selbstregulation bei Vorschulkindern mit und ohne Migrationshintergrund

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    Köckeritz, Martha; Klinkhammer, Julie; von Salisch, Maria

    2010-01-01

    Die vorliegende Untersuchung erkundet, ob sich Kindergartenkinder mit und ohne Migrationshintergrund in ihrem Emotionsverständnis und ihrer behavioralen Selbstregulation unterscheiden. 356 drei- bis sechsjährige Kinder mit deutschen Eltern wurden mit 115 Kindern mit mindestens einem nicht-deutschen Elternteil hinsichtlich ihres Emotionsverständnisses (TEC) und ihrer Selbstregulation (HTKS) miteinander verglichen, wobei zunächst nur das Alter der Kinder kontrolliert wurde. Dabei konnten starke...

  14. Menschen mit Demenz als Interaktionspartner. Eine Auswertung empirischer Studien vor dem Hintergrund eines dimensionalisierten Interaktionsbegriffs

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    Meyer, Christian

    2014-01-01

    Der Anteil von Menschen mit Demenz an der Gesamtbevölkerung Deutschlands wird mittelfristig stark zunehmen und die Begegnung mit Betroffenen aufgrund persönlicher und familiärer Kontakte zu einem alltäglichen Teil der Gesellschaft werden. Angesichts der spezifischen Symptomatik der Demenz – insbesondere des sukzessiven Verlusts des deklarativen und biografischen (episodischen) Gedächtnisses – stellt sich die Frage, wie sich soziale Interaktion mit Menschen mit Demenz gestaltet, und ob in solc...

  15. Das Erkennen mimisch kodierter Basisemotionen durch Patienten mit Panikstörung

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    Bruckner, Julia

    2009-01-01

    Ziel unserer Untersuchung war es, Defizite der Emotionserkennung zu untersuchen und die Einflüsse auf die Emotionserkennungsfähigkeit bei Patienten mit Panikstörung zu erfassen. An der Untersuchung nahmen 37 Patienten mit Panikstörung und 43 Patienten mit leichteren neurologischen Erkrankungen teil, sie absolvierten hierbei den computergestützten FEEL-Test (Facially Expressed Emotion Labeling). Ergebnisse: Patienten mit Panikstörung weisen im Vergleich zu psychisch gesunden Kontrollp...

  16. Analyse von Arbeitsplätzen auf halbautomatischen Pflanzmaschinen mit Hilfe von MTM (Methods Time Measurement)

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    Remmele, Edgar

    2014-01-01

    Mit Hilfe von MTM (Methods Time Measurement), einem System vorbestimmter Zeiten, werden Bewegungsstudien an drei verschiedenen halbautomatischen Pflanzmaschinen durchgeführt. Hauptunterscheidungsmerkmal der untersuchten Pflanzmaschinen ist die Methode der Übergabe der Pflanze von der Pflanzperson an die Pflanzmaschine. Analysiert wird der Arbeitsplatz der Pflanzmaschine ACCORD-Standard mit der Methode Klemmscheibe, PES-Beetpflanzer 1500/1900 mit der Methode Pflanzfinger und Lännen RT-2 mit de...

  17. DNase I and proteinase K impair Listeria monocytogenes biofilm formation and induce dispersal of pre-existing biofilms.

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    Nguyen, Uyen T; Burrows, Lori L

    2014-09-18

    Current sanitation methods in the food industry are not always sufficient for prevention or dispersal of Listeria monocytogenes biofilms. Here, we determined if prevention of adherence or dispersal of existing biofilms could occur if biofilm matrix components were disrupted enzymatically. Addition of DNase during biofilm formation reduced attachment (bromelain and papain were less effective dispersants than proteinase K. In a time course assay, complete dispersal of L. monocytogenes biofilms from both polystyrene and type 304H food-grade stainless steel occurred within 5min at proteinase K concentrations above 25μg/ml. These data confirm that both DNA and proteins are required for L. monocytogenes biofilm development and maintenance, and that these components of the biofilm matrix can be targeted for effective prevention and removal of biofilms. PMID:25043896

  18. Behandlungseffekte kombinierter kognitiver Verhaltenstherapie mit Elterntraining bei hyperkinetischen Kindern

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    Frölich, Jan; Döpfner, Manfred; Berner, Walter; Lehmkuhl, Gerd

    2002-01-01

    Kognitiv verhaltenstherapeutische Ansätze zur Behandlung der Hyperkinetischen Störung sind bisher den empirischen Beweis ihrer klinischen Wirksamkeit schuldig geblieben. Die Zielsetzung dieser Studie bestand erstens darin, die Wirksamkeit eines kognitiv-verhaltenstherapeutischen Therapieansatzes (KVT) mit Fokussierung auf Selbstinstruktions- und Selbstmanagementelemente bei Lern- und Sozialverhaltensproblemen hyperkinetischer Kindern nachzuweisen sowie zweitens die Fähigkeit der Eltern ...

  19. Interaktion mit RFID Ausleih- und Rückgabeautomaten

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    Greifeneder, Elke; Heyroth, Melanie; Klingbeil, Karin;

    2011-01-01

    Der Artikel untersucht mittels Beobachtung die Interaktion zwischen RFID-Ausleih- und Rückgabeautomaten sowie Bibliotheksbenutzern in vier deutschen Bibliotheken. Die Ergebnisse belegen, dass die Interaktion grundsätzlich funktioniert. Die Benutzer zeigten Gelassenheit und Routine im Umgang mit den...

  20. Stiff lightweight steel constructions; Steife Leichtbauweise mit Stahl

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    Gerick, A.; Lempenauer, K. [Daimler Benz AG, Ulm (Germany). Forschungszentrum; Hauger, A.; Kopp, R. [Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Inst. fuer Bildsame Formgebung

    1999-07-01

    Compared with welded sheets of composite materials, glued sheets have much better deformation characteristics. This was the result of experiments carried out by the authors. Further investigation will focus on the integration of the sheets in a car body by welding, the long-term strength of welds, the applicability of bolting or riveting techniques, and the fatigue strength of the car body under oscillating stress. [German] Durch die Verwendung von Klebefolien bzw. Klebstoffen auf Epoxidharz-Basis und einem optimierten Herstellungs- und Verarbeitungsprozess konnten im Vergleich mit geschweissten Verbundblechen erheblich groessere Umformgrade erzielt werden. Anhand von Erichsen-Tiefungen und Grenzformaenderungsschaubildern wurde dies aufgezeigt. Dabei wurde eine gute Streckzieh- und insbesonders gute Tiefziehfaehigkeit festgestellt. Mittels 4-Punkt-Biegeversuchen wurde die Gesamtbiegesteifigkeit der Verbunde ermittelt. Fuer alle Verbundvariationen wurde eine deutliche Gewichtsreduktion gegenueber Massivstahlblechen nachgewiesen. Sogar im Vergleich zu Massivaluminiumblechen lassen sich mit Streckmetallverbunden Gewichtsvorteile erreichen. Mit Hilfe der elementaren Theorie und einem Modell zur Berechnung des Traegheitsmomentes kann das tatsaechliche Biegeverhalten der Verbundstrukturen in guter Naeherung berechnet werden. Insgesamt hat sich gezeigt, dass das Ziel, umformbare und biegesteife Blechsandwiche darzustellen, mit einem geklebten Streckmetallverbundblech im Hinblick auf das genaue Anforderungsprofil weitgehend zu erreichen ist. In weiterfuehrenden Untersuchungen werden insbesondere die Anbindung an die Gesamtstruktur einer Karosserie durch Schweissverfahren, die Dauerfestigkeit von Schweissverbindungen, die Anwendbarkeit von mechanischen Fuegeverfahren (Setzverhalten von Schraub- und Nietverbindungen) und die Schwingfestigkeit des Verbundes naeher betrachtet. (orig.)

  1. Approximation stochastischer Differentialgleichungen mit Markovschen Sprüngen

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    Henkel, Daniel

    2004-01-01

    In dieser Arbeit geht es darum, für die Lösung eindimensionaler stochastischer Differentialgleichungen mit Markovschen Sprüngen gute Näherungen zu finden, genauer gesagt die erwartete quadratische Abweichung der Approximation von der Lösung soll möglichst klein sein.

  2. The Creation of OpenCourseWare at MIT

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    Abelson, Hal

    2008-01-01

    This paper traces the genesis of the MIT OpenCourseWare project from its initial strategic precursors in 1999 and 2000, through its launch in 2001 and its subsequent evolution. The story told here illuminates the interplay among institutional leadership, and strategic planning, and with university culture in launching major educational technology…

  3. MIT Orients Course Materials Online to K-12

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    Cavanagh, Sean

    2008-01-01

    Many science and mathematics educators across the country are taking advantage of a Web site created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the famed research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which offers free video, audio, and print lectures and course material taken straight from the school's classes. Those resources…

  4. MIT Mints a Valuable New Form of Academic Currency

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    Carey, Kevin

    2012-01-01

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has invented or improved many world-changing things--radar, information theory, and synthetic self-replicating molecules, to name a few. Last month the university announced, to mild fanfare, an invention that could be similarly transformative, this time for higher education itself. It is called MITx.…

  5. Very Short Bunches in MIT-Bates South Hall Ring

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    Wang, Dong; Farkhondeh, Manouchehr; Franklin, Wilbur; Graves, William; Ihloff, Ernie; Podobedov, Boris; Tschalär, C; Wang, Defa; Wang, Fuhua; Zwart, Townsend; van der Laan, Jan

    2005-01-01

    The study of ultra-short bunches in MIT SHR storage ring with very small momentum compactions is carried out. The ultra-short bunches are to greatly enhence the coherent radiation by many orders of magnitude. The ring lattice is resigned to reach very small momentum compaction factor down to 1·10-5

  6. SAT Solving mit GPU Unterstützung

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    Sieweck, Philipp

    2012-01-01

    Vorgestellt wird eine Implementierung des Survey Propagation Algorithmus (SP) auf einer GPU mit CUDA, sowie ein SAT Solver auf Basis von MiniSAT, der SP als zusätzliche Heuristik verwendet, um zufällige $k$-SAT Probleme schneller lösen zu können.

  7. Past, present and future of MIT reactor physics

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    The reactor physics curriculum at MIT has been undergoing lots of changes in recent years. This paper describes the course sequence and philosophy that we have implemented and continue to develop. Additionally, thoughts on future direction with respect to modularity and web-based learning are presented. (author)

  8. Influence of biofilm thickness on micropollutants removal in nitrifying MBBRs

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    Torresi, Elena; Andersen, Henrik Rasmus; Smets, Barth F.; Plósz, Benedek G.; Christensson, M.

    2015-01-01

    The removal of pharmaceuticals was investigated in nitrifying Moving Bed Biofilm Reactors (MBBRs) containing carriers with different biofilm thicknesses. The biofilm with the thinnest thickness was found to have the highest nitrification and biotransformation rate for some key pharmaceuticals. Microbial analysis revealed a different relative abundance of nitrifying guilds in the different carriers, suggesting the importance of nitrite oxidizing bacteria in removal of micropollutants.

  9. Biofilm Formation on Dental Restorative and Implant Materials

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    Busscher, H. J.; Rinastiti, M.; Siswomihardjo, W.; van der Mei, H. C.

    2010-01-01

    Biomaterials for the restoration of oral function are prone to biofilm formation, affecting oral health. Oral bacteria adhere to hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces, but due to fluctuating shear, little biofilm accumulates on hydrophobic surfaces in vivo. More biofilm accumulates on rough than on s

  10. Resistance of Candida albicans biofilms to antifungal agents in vitro.

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    Hawser, S. P.; Douglas, L J

    1995-01-01

    Biofilms formed by Candida albicans on small discs of catheter material were resistant to the action of five clinically important antifungal agents as determined by [3H]leucine incorporation and tetrazolium reduction assays. Fluconazole showed the greatest activity, and amphotericin B showed the least activity against biofilm cells. These findings were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy of the biofilms.

  11. Current Trends in Development of Liposomes for Targeting Bacterial Biofilms

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    Zora Rukavina; Željka Vanić

    2016-01-01

    Biofilm targeting represents a great challenge for effective antimicrobial therapy. Increased biofilm resistance, even with the elevated concentrations of very potent antimicrobial agents, often leads to failed therapeutic outcome. Application of biocompatible nanomicrobials, particularly liposomally-associated nanomicrobials, presents a promising approach for improved drug delivery to bacterial cells and biofilms. Versatile manipulations of liposomal physicochemical properties, such as the b...

  12. Epithelial Interleukin-8 Responses to Oral Bacterial Biofilms

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    Peyyala, R.; Kirakodu, S.; Novak, K.F.; Ebersole, J L

    2011-01-01

    An in vitro model of bacterial biofilms on rigid gas-permeable contact lenses (RGPLs) was developed to challenge oral epithelial cells. This novel model provided seminal data on oral biofilm-host cell interactions, and with selected bacteria, the biofilms were more effective than their planktonic counterparts at stimulating host cell responses.

  13. Induction of beta-lactamase production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm

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    Giwercman, B; Jensen, E T; Høiby, N;

    1991-01-01

    Imipenem induced high levels of beta-lactamase production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Piperacillin also induced beta-lactamase production in these biofilms but to a lesser degree. The combination of beta-lactamase production with other protective properties of the biofilm mode of growth...

  14. Effects of different osmolarities on bacterial biofilm formation

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    Vanessa Nessner Kavamura; Itamar Soares de Melo

    2014-01-01

    Biofilm formation depends on several factors. The influence of different osmolarities on bacterial biofilm formation was studied. Two strains (Enterobacter sp. and Stenotrophomonas sp.) exhibited the most remarkable alterations. Biofilm formation is an important trait and its use has been associated to the protection of organisms against environmental stresses.

  15. Influence of a Calcium-Specific Chelant on Biofilm Removal

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    Turakhia, M. H.; Cooksey, K. E.; Characklis, W. G.

    1983-01-01

    This paper describes the influence of ethylene glycol-bisβ-aminoethyl ether)- N, N-tetraacetic acid (EGTA) on biofilm removal. The addition of EGTA resulted in the immediate detachment of biofilm which suggests that the chelant removed essential calcium from the biofilm, causing it to detach.

  16. Functional bacterial amyloid increases Pseudomonas biofilm hydrophobicity and stiffness

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    Zeng, Guanghong; Vad, Brian Stougaard; Dueholm, Morten Simonsen;

    2015-01-01

    and increases biofilm stiffness 20-fold. Deletion of any one of the individual members of in the fap operon (except the putative chaperone FapA) abolishes this ability to increase biofilm stiffness and correlates with the loss of amyloid. We conclude that amyloid makes major contributions to biofilm...

  17. The in vivo biofilm

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    Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Alhede, Maria; Alhede, Morten; Eickhardt-Sørensen, Steffen R; Moser, Claus; Kühl, Michael; Jensen, Peter Østrup; Høiby, Niels

    2013-01-01

    experimental time span and presence of host defenses differ from chronic infections and the chemical microenvironment of both in vivo and in vitro biofilms is seldom taken into account. In this review, we discuss why the current in vitro models of biofilms might be limited for describing infectious biofilms......, and we suggest new strategies for improving this discrepancy....

  18. Influence of Streptococcus mutans on Enterococcus faecalis Biofilm Formation

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    Deng, Dong Mei; Hoogenkamp, Michel A.; Exterkate, Rob A. M.; Jiang, Lei Meng; van der Sluis, Lucas W. M.; ten Cate, Jacob M.; Crielaard, Wim

    2009-01-01

    Introduction: An important virulence factor of Enterococcus faecalis is its ability to form biofilms. Most studies on biofilm formation have been carried out by using E. faecalis monocultures. Given the polymicrobial nature of root canal infections, it is important to understand biofilm formation of

  19. Ureolytic Biomineralization Reduces Proteus mirabilis Biofilm Susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin.

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    Li, Xiaobao; Lu, Nanxi; Brady, Hannah R; Packman, Aaron I

    2016-05-01

    Ureolytic biomineralization induced by urease-producing bacteria, particularly Proteus mirabilis, is responsible for the formation of urinary tract calculi and the encrustation of indwelling urinary catheters. Such microbial biofilms are challenging to eradicate and contribute to the persistence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, but the mechanisms responsible for this recalcitrance remain obscure. In this study, we characterized the susceptibility of wild-type (ure+) and urease-negative (ure-) P. mirabilis biofilms to killing by ciprofloxacin. Ure+ biofilms produced fine biomineral precipitates that were homogeneously distributed within the biofilm biomass in artificial urine, while ure- biofilms did not produce biomineral deposits under identical growth conditions. Following exposure to ciprofloxacin, ure+ biofilms showed greater survival (less killing) than ure- biofilms, indicating that biomineralization protected biofilm-resident cells against the antimicrobial. To evaluate the mechanism responsible for this recalcitrance, we observed and quantified the transport of Cy5-conjugated ciprofloxacin into the biofilm by video confocal microscopy. These observations revealed that the reduced susceptibility of ure+ biofilms resulted from hindered delivery of ciprofloxacin into biomineralized regions of the biofilm. Further, biomineralization enhanced retention of viable cells on the surface following antimicrobial exposure. These findings together show that ureolytic biomineralization induced by P. mirabilis metabolism strongly regulates antimicrobial susceptibility by reducing internal solute transport and increasing biofilm stability. PMID:26953206

  20. Bioinspired, dynamic, structured surfaces for biofilm prevention

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    Epstein, Alexander K.

    Bacteria primarily exist in robust, surface-associated communities known as biofilms, ubiquitous in both natural and anthropogenic environments. Mature biofilms resist a wide range of biocidal treatments and pose persistent pathogenic threats. Treatment of adherent biofilm is difficult, costly, and, in medical systems such as catheters, frequently impossible. Adding to the challenge, we have discovered that biofilm can be both impenetrable to vapors and extremely nonwetting, repelling even low surface tension commercial antimicrobials. Our study shows multiple contributing factors, including biochemical components and multiscale reentrant topography. Reliant on surface chemistry, conventional strategies for preventing biofilm only transiently affect attachment and/or are environmentally toxic. In this work, we look to Nature's antifouling solutions, such as the dynamic spiny skin of the echinoderm, and we develop a versatile surface nanofabrication platform. Our benchtop approach unites soft lithography, electrodeposition, mold deformation, and material selection to enable many degrees of freedom—material, geometric, mechanical, dynamic—that can be programmed starting from a single master structure. The mechanical properties of the bio-inspired nanostructures, verified by AFM, are precisely and rationally tunable. We examine how synthetic dynamic nanostructured surfaces control the attachment of pathogenic biofilms. The parameters governing long-range patterning of bacteria on high-aspect-ratio (HAR) nanoarrays are combinatorially elucidated, and we discover that sufficiently low effective stiffness of these HAR arrays mechanoselectively inhibits ˜40% of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm attachment. Inspired by the active echinoderm skin, we design and fabricate externally actuated dynamic elastomer surfaces with active surface microtopography. We extract from a large parameter space the critical topographic length scales and actuation time scales for achieving

  1. Lösung parabolischer Differentialgleichungen mit zufälligen Randbedingungen mittels FEM

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    Kandler, Anne; vom Scheidt, Jürgen; Unger, Roman

    2004-01-01

    In dieser Arbeit werden stochastische Charakteristiken der Lösung parabolischer Differentialgleichungen mit zufälligen Neumann-Randbedingungen mit Hilfe der Finite-Elemente-Methode angegeben. Dabei wird der Berechnung der Korrelations- bzw. Varianzfunktion besondere Bedeutung beigemessen. Das stochastische Randanfangswertproblem wird durch Anwendung von FEM-Techniken durch ein System gewöhnlicher Differentialgleichungen mit stochastischen inhomogenen Termen approximiert. ...

  2. Aktivierungsmuster humaner neutrophiler Granulozyten nach Kontakt mit den pathogenen Pilzen Candida albicans und Aspergillus fumigatus

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    Hornbach, Anke

    2010-01-01

    Humane neutrophile Granulozyten spielen eine wichtige Rolle in der Immunabwehr invasiver Infektionen durch die humanpathogenen Pilze Candida albicans und Aspergillus fumigatus. Das Ziel der hier vorliegenden Arbeit bestand in einer Charakterisierung der Interaktion beider Pilzspezies mit neutrophilen Granulozyten, mit Fokussierung auf die unterschiedlichen Effektormechanismen dieser Zellen. C. albicans exprimiert eine Reihe von Aspartatproteasen, welche mit der Virulenz des Erregers assoziier...

  3. En rejse ind i dental biofilm

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    Schlafer, Sebastian

    Som klinkassistent og tandplejer arbejder man hver dag med bakteriel biofilm på tandoverfladerne – plak. Alle ved udmærket, at denne biofilm er ansvarlig for mundhulens hyppigste sygdomme, caries og parodontitis. Vi renser patienternes tænder for biofilm og opfordrer dem til at fjerne biofilmen...... mindst to gange om dagen, så grundigt de kan. Desuden bruges der en lang række antibakterielle tilsætningsstoffer i både tandpasta og mundskyllevæsker, hvis hovedformål er at dræbe bakterierne i dental biofilm. Men er biofilmen virkelig kun farlig? Nyere forskning har vist, at mennesket faktisk i høj...... grad er afhængig af de bakterier, der koloniserer kroppen. Hvorfor gælder dette tilsyneladende ikke for mundhulen? I løbet af præsentationen vil jeg tage tilhørerne med på en rejse ind i dental biofilm. Jeg vil belyse den komplekse bakterielle arkitektur, som kendetegner biofilmen, og vil analysere de...

  4. Dinosaurian soft tissues interpreted as bacterial biofilms.

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    Thomas G Kaye

    Full Text Available A scanning electron microscope survey was initiated to determine if the previously reported findings of "dinosaurian soft tissues" could be identified in situ within the bones. The results obtained allowed a reinterpretation of the formation and preservation of several types of these "tissues" and their content. Mineralized and non-mineralized coatings were found extensively in the porous trabecular bone of a variety of dinosaur and mammal species across time. They represent bacterial biofilms common throughout nature. Biofilms form endocasts and once dissolved out of the bone, mimic real blood vessels and osteocytes. Bridged trails observed in biofilms indicate that a previously viscous film was populated with swimming bacteria. Carbon dating of the film points to its relatively modern origin. A comparison of infrared spectra of modern biofilms with modern collagen and fossil bone coatings suggests that modern biofilms share a closer molecular make-up than modern collagen to the coatings from fossil bones. Blood cell size iron-oxygen spheres found in the vessels were identified as an oxidized form of formerly pyritic framboids. Our observations appeal to a more conservative explanation for the structures found preserved in fossil bone.

  5. Enzymes Enhance Biofilm Removal Efficiency of Cleaners.

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    Stiefel, Philipp; Mauerhofer, Stefan; Schneider, Jana; Maniura-Weber, Katharina; Rosenberg, Urs; Ren, Qun

    2016-06-01

    Efficient removal of biofilms from medical devices is a big challenge in health care to avoid hospital-acquired infections, especially from delicate devices like flexible endoscopes, which cannot be reprocessed using harsh chemicals or high temperatures. Therefore, milder solutions such as enzymatic cleaners have to be used, which need to be carefully developed to ensure efficacious performance. In vitro biofilm in a 96-well-plate system was used to select and optimize the formulation of novel enzymatic cleaners. Removal of the biofilm was quantified by crystal violet staining, while the disinfecting properties were evaluated by a BacTiter-Glo assay. The biofilm removal efficacy of the selected cleaner was further tested by using European standard (EN) for endoscope cleaning EN ISO 15883, and removal of artificial blood soil was investigated by treating TOSI (Test Object Surgical Instrument) cleaning indicators. Using the process described here, a novel enzymatic endoscope cleaner was developed, which removed 95% of Staphylococcus aureus and 90% of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms in the 96-well plate system. With a >99% reduction of CFU and a >90% reduction of extracellular polymeric substances, this cleaner enabled subsequent complete disinfection and fulfilled acceptance criteria of EN ISO 15883. Furthermore, it efficiently removed blood soil and significantly outperformed comparable commercial products. The cleaning performance was stable even after storage of the cleaner for 6 months. It was demonstrated that incorporation of appropriate enzymes into the cleaner enhanced performance significantly. PMID:27044552

  6. Effect of glucose on Listeria monocytogenes biofilm formation, and assessment of the biofilm's sanitation tolerance.

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    Kyoui, Daisuke; Hirokawa, Eri; Takahashi, Hajime; Kuda, Takashi; Kimura, Bon

    2016-08-01

    Listeria monocytogenes is an important cause of human foodborne infections and its ability to form biofilms is a serious concern to the food industry. To reveal the effect of glucose conditions on biofilm formation of L. monocytogenes, 20 strains were investigated under three glucose conditions (0.1, 1.0, and 2.0% w v(-1)) by quantifying the number of cells in the biofilm and observing the biofilm structure after incubation for 24, 72, and 168 h. In addition, the biofilms were examined for their sensitivity to sodium hypochlorite. It was found that high concentrations of glucose reduced the number of viable cells in the biofilms and increased extracellular polymeric substance production. Moreover, biofilms formed at a glucose concentration of 1.0 or 2.0% were more resistant to sodium hypochlorite than those formed at a glucose concentration of 0.1%. This knowledge can be used to help design the most appropriate sanitation strategy. PMID:27353113

  7. Bacterial Lysine Decarboxylase Influences Human Dental Biofilm Lysine Content, Biofilm Accumulation and Sub-Clinical Gingival Inflammation

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    Lohinai, Z.; Keremi, B.; Szoko, E.; Tabi, T.; Szabo, C.; Tulassay, Z.; Levine, M.

    2012-01-01

    Background Dental biofilms contain a protein that inhibits mammalian cell growth, possibly lysine decarboxylase from Eikenella corrodens. This enzyme decarboxylates lysine, an essential amino acid for dentally attached cell turnover in gingival sulci. Lysine depletion may stop this turnover, impairing the barrier to bacterial compounds. The aims of this study were to determine biofilm lysine and cadaverine contents before oral hygiene restriction (OHR), and their association with plaque index (PI) and gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) after OHR for a week. Methods Laser-induced fluorescence after capillary electrophoresis was used to determine lysine and cadaverine contents in dental biofilm, tongue biofilm and saliva before OHR and in dental biofilm after OHR. Results Before OHR, lysine and cadaverine contents of dental biofilm were similar and 10-fold greater than in saliva or tongue biofilm. After a week of OHR, the biofilm content of cadaverine increased and that of lysine decreased, consistent with greater biofilm lysine decarboxylase activity. Regression indicated that PI and GCF exudation were positively related to biofilm lysine post-OHR, unless biofilm lysine exceeded the minimal blood plasma content in which case PI was further increased but GCF exudation was reduced. Conclusions After OHR, lysine decarboxylase activity seems to determine biofilm lysine content and biofilm accumulation. When biofilm lysine exceeds minimal blood plasma content after OHR, less GCF appeared despite more biofilm. Lysine appears important for biofilm accumulation and the epithelial barrier to bacterial proinflammatory agents. Clinical Relevance Inhibiting lysine decarboxylase may retard the increased GCF exudation required for microbial development and gingivitis. PMID:22141361

  8. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) revealing chemical variation during biofilm formation: from initial attachment to mature biofilm

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    Chao, Yuanqing; Tong ZHANG

    2012-01-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has recently been proved to be a promising technique for characterizing the chemical composition of the biofilm matrix. In the present study, to fully understand the chemical variations during biofilm formation, SERS based on silver colloidal nanoparticles was applied to evaluate the chemical components in the matrix of biofilm at different growth phases, including initial attached bacteria, colonies, and mature biofilm. Meanwhile, atomic force microsc...

  9. Quantification of biofilm in microtiter plates: overview of testing conditions and practical recommendations for assessment of biofilm production by staphylococci.

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    Stepanović, Srdjan; Vuković, Dragana; Hola, Veronika; Di Bonaventura, Giovanni; Djukić, Slobodanka; Cirković, Ivana; Ruzicka, Filip

    2007-08-01

    The details of all steps involved in the quantification of biofilm formation in microtiter plates are described. The presented protocol incorporates information on assessment of biofilm production by staphylococci, gained both by direct experience as well as by analysis of methods for assaying biofilm production. The obtained results should simplify quantification of biofilm formation in microtiter plates, and make it more reliable and comparable among different laboratories. PMID:17696944

  10. A novel approach for harnessing biofilm communities in moving bed biofilm reactors for industrial wastewater treatment

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    Joe A. Lemire

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Moving bed biofilm reactors (MBBRs are an effective biotechnology for treating industrial wastewater. Biomass retention on moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR carriers (biofilm support materials, allows for the ease-of-operation and high treatment capacity of MBBR systems. Optimization of MBBR systems has largely focused on aspects of carrier design, while little attention has been paid to enhancing strategies for harnessing microbial biomass. Previously, our research group demonstrated that mixed-species biofilms can be harvested from an industrial wastewater inoculum [oil sands process water (OSPW] using the Calgary Biofilm Device (CBD. Moreover, the resultant biofilm communities had the capacity to degrade organic toxins (naphthenic acids—NAs that are found in OSPW. Therefore, we hypothesized that harnessing microbial communities from industrial wastewater, as biofilms, on MBBR carriers may be an effective method to bioremediate industrial wastewater.Here, we detail our methodology adapting the workflow employed for using the CBD, to generate inoculant carriers to seed an MBBR.In this study, OSPW-derived biofilm communities were successfully grown, and their efficacy evaluated, on commercially available MBBR carriers affixed within a modified CBD system. The resultant biofilms demonstrated the capacity to transfer biomass to recipient carriers within a scaled MBBR. Moreover, MBBR systems inoculated in this manner were fully active 2 days post-inoculation, and readily degraded a select population of NAs. Together, these findings suggest that harnessing microbial communities on carriers affixed within a modified CBD system may represent a facile and rapid method for obtaining functional inoculants for use in wastewater MBBR treatment systems.

  11. Using optical coherence tomography to quantify biofilm structure and mass transfer in combination with mathematical modeling

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    Li, Chunyan

    2015-01-01

    The evolution of biofilm structure on the carriers used in moving bed biofilm reactor was investigated by means of optical coherence tomography and biofilm image analysis. A method was developed by combining biofilm imaging and mathematical modeling to study the mass transfer characteristics in the vicinity of biofilm surface. The method was further used to examine the effect of the deposition of organic particle at biofilm surface on the mass transfer from bulk liquid into biofilms.

  12. Comparison of biomass detachment from two different Pseudomonas spp. biofilms under constant shear conditions

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    Gazzola, Giulio; Habimana, Olivier; Murphy, Cormac D.; Casey, Eoin

    2015-01-01

    In the context of biofilm development, detachment is of practical importance when placed in a biofilm management perspective. The objective of the present study was to examine biofilm structure and biofilm detachment under controlled conditions for two distinct microorganisms grown under constant shear conditions. Detached biofilm biomass was regularly collected and analysed over the course of 72 h biofilm growth by Pseudomonas putida and Pseudomonas fluorescens cells, and biofilm structural ...

  13. Biofilm Formation and Sloughing in Serratia marcescens Are Controlled by Quorum Sensing and Nutrient Cues

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    Rice, S A; Koh, K. S.; Queck, S. Y.; Labbate, M.; Lam, K W; Kjelleberg, S

    2005-01-01

    We describe here a role for quorum sensing in the detachment, or sloughing, of Serratia marcescens filamentous biofilms, and we show that nutrient conditions affect the biofilm morphotype. Under reduced carbon or nitrogen conditions, S. marcescens formed a classical biofilm consisting of microcolonies. The filamentous biofilm could be converted to a microcolony-type biofilm by switching the medium after establishment of the biofilm. Similarly, when initially grown as a microcolony biofilm, S....

  14. Anti-Biofilm and Immunomodulatory Activities of Peptides That Inhibit Biofilms Formed by Pathogens Isolated from Cystic Fibrosis Patients

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    César de la Fuente-Núñez

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Cystic fibrosis (CF patients often acquire chronic respiratory tract infections due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc species. In the CF lung, these bacteria grow as multicellular aggregates termed biofilms. Biofilms demonstrate increased (adaptive resistance to conventional antibiotics, and there are currently no available biofilm-specific therapies. Using plastic adherent, hydroxyapatite and flow cell biofilm models coupled with confocal and scanning electron microscopy, it was demonstrated that an anti-biofilm peptide 1018 prevented biofilm formation, eradicated mature biofilms and killed biofilms formed by a wide range of P. aeruginosa and B. cenocepacia clinical isolates. New peptide derivatives were designed that, compared to their parent peptide 1018, showed similar or decreased anti-biofilm activity against P. aeruginosa biofilms, but increased activity against biofilms formed by the Gram-positive bacterium methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. In addition, some of these new peptide derivatives retained the immunomodulatory activity of 1018 since they induced the production of the chemokine monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1 and suppressed lipopolysaccharide-mediated tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α production by human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC and were non-toxic towards these cells. Peptide 1018 and its derivatives provide promising leads for the treatment of chronic biofilm infections and hyperinflammatory lung disease in CF patients.

  15. Role of Biofilm Roughness and Hydrodynamic Conditions in Legionella pneumophila Adhesion to and Detachment from Simulated Drinking Water Biofilms

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    Shen, Yun; Monroy, Guillermo L.; Derlon, Nicolas; Janjaroen, Dao; Huang, Conghui; Morgenroth, Eberhard; Boppart, Stephen A.; Ashbolt, Nicholas J.; Liu, Wen-Tso; Nguyen, Thanh H.

    2015-01-01

    Biofilms in drinking water distribution systems (DWDS) could exacerbate the persistence and associated risks of pathogenic Legionella pneumophila (L. pneumophila), thus raising human health concerns. However, mechanisms controlling adhesion and subsequent detachment of L. pneumophila associated with biofilms remain unclear. We determined the connection between L. pneumophila adhesion and subsequent detachment with biofilm physical structure characterization using optical coherence tomography ...

  16. A personal history of research on microbial biofilms and biofilm infections

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    Høiby, Niels

    2014-01-01

    The observation of aggregated microorganisms surrounded by a self-produced matrix adhering to surfaces or located in tissues or secretions is as old as microbiology, with both Leeuwenhoek and Pasteur describing the phenomenon. In environmental and technical microbiology, biofilms were already shown...... aeruginosa cells in sputum and lung tissue from chronically infected cystic fibrosis patients. The term biofilm was introduced into medicine in 1985 by Costerton. In the following decades, it became obvious that biofilm infections are widespread in medicine, and their importance is now generally accepted....

  17. Evaluation intraoperativen Neuromonitorings während TIVA mit Propofol/Remifentanil versus Anästhesien mit Sevofluran/ S+-Ketamin

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    Hackmann, Veronika

    2010-01-01

    Um eine Optimierung der Narkosetiefe zu erreichen und eine Überdosierung von Anästhetika mit konsekutiv verlängerten Aufwachzeiten insbesondere nach TIVA zu vermeiden, wird intraoperatives Neuromonitoring genutzt. Ziel der Arbeit ist, im Rahmen des Vergleichs einer TIVA mit Propofol/Remifentanil und einer Anästhesie mit Sevofluran/S+-Ketamin den Einfluss von Ketamin auf den AAI zu untersuchen und das Verhalten der parallel aufgezeichneten Neuromonitoringsysteme BIS und Narcotrend ...

  18. Elektrophysiologische Veränderungen im EEG von gesunden Kindern, Kindern mit Aufmerksamkeits-Defizit-Syndrom und Kindern mit Legasthenie während mentaler Belastungen

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    Brechtel, Charlotte Désirée Elvira

    2009-01-01

    Die durchgeführten Untersuchungen hatten als Zielsetzung herauszufinden, ob Kinder mit ADS unterschiedliche elektrophysiologische Veränderungen während verschiedener mentaler Belastungen, wie Lesen, Konzentrationsleistungstest, Konzentrationsleistungstest mit einer Störquelle und Videosequenz, im Vergleich zu gesunden Kindern aufweisen. Die Untersu-chungen wurden an 26 gesunden Kindern und jeweils 8 Kindern mit ADS und Legasthenie im Alter zwischen 7 und 14 Jahren mittels quantitativen topogr...

  19. Biofilm formation in a hot water system

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    Bagh, L.K.; Albrechtsen, Hans-Jørgen; Arvin, Erik; Ovesen, K.

    2002-01-01

    The biofilm formation rate was measured in situ in a hot water system in an apartment building by specially designed sampling equipment, and the net growth of the suspended bacteria was measured by incubation of water samples with the indigeneous bacteria. The biofilm formation rate reached a...... higher level in the hot water distribution system (2.1 d–1 to 2.3 d–1) than in the hot water tank (1.4 d–1 to 2.2 d–1) indicating an important area for surface associated growth. The net growth rate of the suspended bacteria measured in hot water from the top, middle and bottom of the hot water tank, in...... the sludge, or in the water from the distribution system was negligible. This indicated that bacterial growth took place on the inner surfaces in the hot water system and biofilm formation and detachment of bacteria could account for most of the suspended bacteria actually measured in hot water...

  20. Complement activation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

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    Jensen, E T; Kharazmi, A; Garred, P;

    1993-01-01

    In chronic infections, such as the bronchopulmonary Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, bacteria persist despite an intact host immune defense and frequent antibiotic treatment. An important reason for the persistence of the bacteria is their capacity for the biofilm...... mode of growth. In this study we investigated the role of biofilms in activation of complement, a major contributor to the inflammatory process. Complement activation by P. aeruginosa was examined in a complement consumption assay, production of C3 and factor B conversion products assessed by crossed...... immuno-electrophoresis, C5a generation tested by a PMN chemotactic assay, and terminal complement complex formation measured by ELISA. Two of the four assays showed that P. aeruginosa grown in biofilm activated complement less than planktonic bacteria, and all assays showed that activation by intact...

  1. Strategy of control for bacterial biofilm processes

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    A. N. Mayansky

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Main directions of the modern search of the antibiofilm preparations aimed at adhesive bacterial reactions, control of QS-systems, influence over bis-(3’-5’-cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate (cdi-GMP, and secretory bacterial processes are analysed. Approaches for biofilm dispersal and increasing the sensitivity of biofilm bacteria to antimicrobial drugs are discussed. It is underlined that the majority of inhibitor molecules were studied in vitro or in infected mice experiments. It is prognosed that in future there will appear medical preparations which will help for fighting bacterial biofilms preventing their development and spreading in the host organism.

  2. Biofilms and their effect on local chemistry

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    Fouling and corrosion are frequently mediated by microorganisms attached to the metal surface and/or embedded in a gelatinous organic matrix termed a biofilm. Biofilms substantially change the local chemistry of the adjacent metal and, thereby, influence corrosion processes. The extent of changes in local chemistry is influenced by the microenvironmental conditions at the metal surface including the number and types of microorganisms present, the dissolved oxygen concentration, the flow velocity, the buffering capacity of the bulk water, and many other factors. Since microbial-influenced corrosion is generally localized, the spatial distribution or patchiness of the microbial activity also affects the corrosion processes. A unified approach to understanding and controlling biofilms and the related corrosion is presented in the context of a case study recently conducted by CCE, Inc. at a nuclear power plant site

  3. The biofilm matrix destabilizers, EDTA and DNaseI, enhance the susceptibility of nontypeable Hemophilus influenzae biofilms to treatment with ampicillin and ciprofloxacin

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    Cavaliere, Rosalia; Ball, Jessica L; Turnbull, Lynne; Whitchurch, Cynthia B.

    2014-01-01

    Nontypeable Hemophilus influenzae (NTHi) is a Gram-negative bacterial pathogen that causes chronic biofilm infections of the ears and airways. The biofilm matrix provides structural integrity to the biofilm and protects biofilm cells from antibiotic exposure by reducing penetration of antimicrobial compounds into the biofilm. Extracellular DNA (eDNA) has been found to be a major matrix component of biofilms formed by many species of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, including NTHi. In...

  4. Filifactor alocis - involvement in periodontal biofilms

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    Göbel Ulf B

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bacteria in periodontal pockets develop complex sessile communities that attach to the tooth surface. These highly dynamic microfloral environments challenge both clinicians and researchers alike. The exploration of structural organisation and bacterial interactions within these biofilms is critically important for a thorough understanding of periodontal disease. In recent years, Filifactor alocis, a fastidious, Gram-positive, obligately anaerobic rod was repeatedly identified in periodontal lesions using DNA-based methods. It has been suggested to be a marker for periodontal deterioration. The present study investigated the epidemiology of F. alocis in periodontal pockets and analysed the spatial arrangement and architectural role of the organism in in vivo grown subgingival biofilms. Results A species-specific oligonucleotide probe, FIAL, was designed and evaluated. A total of 490 subgingival plaque samples were submitted to PCR and subsequent dot blot hybridization to compare the prevalence of F. alocis in patients suffering from generalized aggressive periodontitis (GAP, chronic periodontitis (CP, and control subjects resistant to periodontitis. Moreover, a specially designed carrier system was used to collect in vivo grown subgingival biofilms from GAP patients. Subsequent topographic analysis was performed using fluorescence in situ hybridization. While the majority of patients suffering from GAP or CP harboured F. alocis, it was rarely detected in the control group. In the examined carrier-borne biofilms the organism predominantly colonized apical parts of the pocket in close proximity to the soft tissues and was involved in numerous structures that constitute characteristic architectural features of subgingival periodontal biofilms. Conclusions F. alocis is likely to make a relevant contribution to the pathogenetic structure of biofilms accounting for periodontal inflammation and can be considered an excellent marker

  5. Clay-Bacteria Systems and Biofilm Production

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    Steiner, J.; Alimova, A.; Katz, A.; Steiner, N.; Rudolph, E.; Gottlieb, P.

    2007-12-01

    Soil clots and the aerosol transport of bacteria and spores are promoted by the formation of biofilms (bacteria cells in an extracellular polymeric matrix). Biofilms protect microorganisms by promoting adhesion to both organic and inorganic surfaces. Time series experiments on bacteria-clay suspensions demonstrate that biofilm growth is catalyzed by the presence of hectorite in minimal growth media for the studied species: Gram negatives (Pseudomonas syringae and Escherichia coli,) and Gram positives (Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis). Soil organisms (P. syringae, B. subtilis) and organisms found in the human population (E. coli, S. aureus) are both used to demonstrate the general applicability of clay involvement. Fluorescent images of the biofilms are acquired by staining with propidium iodide, a component of the BacLightTM Live/Dead bacterial viability staining kit (Molecular Probes, Eugene, OR). The evolving polysaccharide-rich biofilm reacts with the clay interlayer site causing a complex substitution of the two-water hectorite interlayer with polysaccharide. The result is often a three-peak composite of the (001) x-ray diffraction maxima resulting from polysaccharide-expanded clays and an organic-driven contraction of a subset of the clays in the reaction medium. X-ray diffractograms reveal that the expanded set creates a broad maximum with clay subsets at 1.84 nm and 1.41 nm interlayer spacings as approximated by a least squares double Lorentzian fit, and a smaller shoulder at larger 2q, deriving from a contraction of the interlayer spacing. Washing with chlorox removes organic material from the contracted clay and creates a 1-water hectorite single peak in place of the double peak. The clay response can be used as an indirect indicator of biofilm in an environmental system.

  6. Investigate Nasal Colonize Staphylococcus Species Biofilm Produced

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    Cemil Demir

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Aim: 127 S.aureus and 65 CoNS strains were isolated from patients noses%u2019. To produce a biofilm ability was investigated using three different methods. Slime-positive and negative staphylococcies%u2019 resistance were evaluated against different antibiotics. Material and Method: Swap samples puted 7% blood agar. Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS isolates biofilm produced ability were investigated using Congo Red Agar (CRA, microplates (MP and Standard Tube (ST methods. In addition to that, presence of antibiotic resistance of the staphylococcal isolates are determined agar disc diffusion method. Results: The rate of biofilm producing Staphylococcus spp strains was found to be 72.4%, 67.7%, and 62.9%, respectively with CRA, MP, and ST tests. There was no significant relationship among the tests (p>0.05. In addition, antibiotic resistance of Staphylococcus spp. against various antibiotics was also determined by the agar disk diffusion method. Resistance rates of biofilm positive (BP Staphylococcus spp for penicilin G, ampicilin, amocycilin/clavulanic acid, tetracyclin, eritromycin, gentamycin, and enrofloxacin 71.7%, 69.7%, 6.2%, 20.7%, 21.4%, 1.4%, and 0.7%, respectively. Resistance rates of biofilm negative (BN spp for 42.6%, 23.4%, 4.3%, 14.9%, 19.1%, 0.0%, 0.0% respectively. All Staphylococcus isolates were found to be susceptible to vancomycin and teicaplonin. Although BP strains antibiotic resistance rates were observed higher than BN strains. But resistance rates were not found statistically significant (p>0.05. Discussion: CRA is the reliablity and specifity method to determine Staphylococcus spp. biofilm produce ability.

  7. Chemoinformatics-assisted development of new anti-biofilm compounds

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    Dürig, Anna; Kouskoumvekaki, Irene; Vejborg, Rebecca Munk;

    2010-01-01

    Bacterial biofilms are associated with a large number of infections. Biofilm-dwelling bacteria are particularly resistant to antibiotics, making it hard to eradicate biofilm-associated infections. Here, we use a novel cross-disciplinary approach combining microbiology and chemoinformatics to...... identify new and efficient anti-biofilm drugs. We found that ellagic acid (present in green tea) significantly inhibited biofilm formation of Streptococcus dysgalactiae. Based on ellagic acid, we performed in silico screening of the Chinese Natural Product Database to predict a 2nd-generation list of...

  8. Biofilm Exopolysaccharides of Pathogenic Fungi: Lessons from Bacteria.

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    Sheppard, Donald C; Howell, P Lynne

    2016-06-10

    Exopolysaccharides play an important structural and functional role in the development and maintenance of microbial biofilms. Although the majority of research to date has focused on the exopolysaccharide systems of biofilm-forming bacteria, recent studies have demonstrated that medically relevant fungi such as Candida albicans and Aspergillus fumigatus also form biofilms during infection. These fungal biofilms share many similarities with those of bacteria, including the presence of secreted exopolysaccharides as core components of the extracellular matrix. This review will highlight our current understanding of fungal biofilm exopolysaccharides, as well as the parallels that can be drawn with those of their bacterial counterparts. PMID:27129222

  9. STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS BIOFILM FORMATION ON POLYPYRROLE: AN ELECTRICAL OVERVIEW

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    Erlon R. Cordeiro

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The development of organic devices based on conducting polymers for biofilm detection requires the combination of superior electrical response and high surface area for biofilm incorporation. Polypyrrole is a potential candidate for application in biofilm detection and control due to its characteristic superior electrical response and strong interaction with bacteria, which enables the use of the bioelectric effect in resulting devices. In this study, chemically synthesized polypyrrole was applied as a support for biofilm growth of S. aureus. Modifications in the electrical response of the polymeric template were explored to identify general mechanisms established during the deposition of the biofilm.

  10. Confocal Raman microscopy for identification of bacterial species in biofilms

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    Beier, Brooke D.; Quivey, Robert G.; Berger, Andrew J.

    2011-03-01

    Implemented through a confocal microscope, Raman spectroscopy has been used to distinguish between biofilm samples of two common oral bacteria species, Streptococcus sanguinis and mutans, which are associated with healthy and cariogenic plaque, respectively. Biofilms of these species are studied as a model of dental plaque. A prediction model has been calibrated and validated using pure biofilms. This model has been used to identify the species of transferred and dehydrated samples (much like a plaque scraping) as well as hydrated biofilms in situ. Preliminary results of confocal Raman mapping of species in an intact two-species biofilm will be shown.

  11. Microbial Biofilm as a Smart Material

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    Garde, Christian; Welch, Martin; Ferkinghoff-Borg, Jesper;

    2015-01-01

    Microbial biofilm colonies will in many cases form a smart material capable of responding to external threats dependent on their size and internal state. The microbial community accordingly switches between passive, protective, or attack modes of action. In order to decide which strategy to employ......, it is essential for the biofilm community to be able to sense its own size. The sensor designed to perform this task is termed a quorum sensor, since it only permits collective behaviour once a sufficiently large assembly of microbes have been established. The generic quorum sensor construct involves...

  12. Effects of probiotics and antibiotics on biofilms

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    Pradeep, B.; Pandey, P K; S. Ayyappan

    2003-01-01

    Experiments were conducted to study the effects of probiotics and antibiotics on 3-months old biofilms formed on three different substrates, namely glass, granite and fiberglass reinforced plastic. The variations in heterotrophic bacterial populations associated with biofilms were monitored for a period of one month after one-time application of the probiotic Biogreen (Gee Key Marine Pvt. Ltd, Chennai) at 0.2 mg lˉ¹ and the antibiotic tetracycline at 1.0 mg lˉ¹. The variations in heterotrophi...

  13. Anti-Staphylococcal Biofilm Effects of Human Cathelicidin Peptides.

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    Mishra, Biswajit; Golla, Radha M; Lau, Kyle; Lushnikova, Tamara; Wang, Guangshun

    2016-01-14

    Staphylococcus aureus can live together in the form of biofilms to avoid elimination by the host. Thus, a useful strategy to counteract bacterial biofilms is to re-engineer human antimicrobial peptide LL-37 so that it can be used as a remedy for preventing and removing biofilms. This study reports antibiofilm effects of four human cathelicidin LL-37 peptides against community-associated and hospital isolated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains. Although the intact molecule LL-37 inhibited biofilm formation at low concentrations, it did not inhibit bacterial attachment nor disrupt preformed biofilms. However, two 17-residue peptides, GF-17 and 17BIPHE2, inhibited bacterial attachment, biofilm growth, and disrupted established biofilms. An inactive peptide RI-10 was used as a negative control. Our results obtained using the S. aureus mutants in a static biofilm model are consistent with the literature obtained in a flow cell biofilm model. Because 17BIPHE2 is the most effective biofilm disruptor with desired stability to proteases, it is a promising lead for developing new anti-MRSA biofilm agents. PMID:26819677

  14. A limited legacy effect of copper in marine biofilms.

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    McElroy, David J; Doblin, Martina A; Murphy, Richard J; Hochuli, Dieter F; Coleman, Ross A

    2016-08-15

    The effects of confounding by temporal factors remains understudied in pollution ecology. For example, there is little understanding of how disturbance history affects the development of assemblages. To begin addressing this gap in knowledge, marine biofilms were subjected to temporally-variable regimes of copper exposure and depuration. It was expected that the physical and biological structure of the biofilms would vary in response to copper regime. Biofilms were examined by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry, chlorophyll-a fluorescence and field spectrometry and it was found that (1) concentrations of copper were higher in those biofilms exposed to copper, (2) concentrations of copper remain high in biofilms after the source of copper is removed, and (3) exposure to and depuration from copper might have comparable effects on the photosynthetic microbial assemblages in biofilms. The persistence of copper in biofilms after depuration reinforces the need for consideration of temporal factors in ecology. PMID:27297593

  15. Extracellular DNA as matrix component in microbial biofilms

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    Chiang, Wen-Chi; Tolker-Nielsen, Tim

    2010-01-01

    to various persistent infections in humans and animals, and to a variety of complications in industry, where solid–water interfaces occur. Knowledge about the molecular mechanisms involved in biofilm formation is necessary for creating strategies to control biofilms. Recent studies have shown that......Bacteria in nature primarily live in surface-associated communities commonly known as biofilms. Because bacteria in biofilms, in many cases, display tolerance to host immune systems, antibiotics, and biocides, they are often difficult or impossible to eradicate. Biofilm formation, therefore, leads...... extracellular DNA is an important component of the extracellular matrix of microbial biofilms. The present chapter is focussed on extracellular DNA as matrix component in biofilms formed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa as an example from the Gram-negative bacteria, and Streptococcus and Staphylococcus as examples...

  16. Ratiometric Imaging of Extracellular pH in Dental Biofilms

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    Schlafer, Sebastian; Dige, Irene

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    The pH in bacterial biofilms on teeth is of central importance for dental caries, a disease with a high worldwide prevalence. Nutrients and metabolites are not distributed evenly in dental biofilms. A complex interplay of sorption to and reaction with organic matter in the biofilm reduces the...... diffusion paths of solutes and creates steep gradients of reactive molecules, including organic acids, across the biofilm. Quantitative fluorescent microscopic methods, such as fluorescence life time imaging or pH ratiometry, can be employed to visualize pH in different microenvironments of dental biofilms......) carboxylic acid (C-SNARF-4) is employed to monitor extracellular pH in in vivo grown dental biofilms of unknown species composition. Upon exposure to glucose the dye is up-concentrated inside all bacterial cells in the biofilms; it is thus used both as a universal bacterial stain and as a marker of...

  17. Microscale Confinement features in microfluidic devices can affect biofilm

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    Kumar, Aloke [ORNL; Karig, David K [ORNL; Neethirajan, Suresh [University of Guelph; Acharya, Rajesh K [ORNL; Mukherjee, Partha P [ORNL; Retterer, Scott T [ORNL; Doktycz, Mitchel John [ORNL

    2013-01-01

    Biofilms are aggregations of microbes that are encased by extra-cellular polymeric substances (EPS) and adhere to surfaces and interfaces. Biofilm development on abiotic surfaces is a dynamic process, which typically proceeds through an initial phase of adhesion of plankntonic microbes to the substrate, followed by events such as growth, maturation and EPS secretion. However, the coupling of hydrodynamics, microbial adhesion and biofilm growth remain poorly understood. Here, we investigate the effect of semiconfined features on biofilm formation. Using a microfluidic device and fluorescent time-lapse microscopy, we establish that confinement features can significantly affect biofilm formation. Biofilm dynamics change not only as a function of confinement features, but also of the total fluid flow rate, and our combination of experimental results and numerical simulations reveal insights into the link between hydrodynamics and biofilm formation.

  18. Genetic Basis for Saccharomyces cerevisiae Biofilm in Liquid Medium

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    Andersen, Kaj Scherz; Bojsen, Rasmus Kenneth; Gro Rejkjær Sørensen, Laura; Weiss Nielsen, Martin; Lisby, Michael; Folkesson, Sven Anders; Regenberg, Birgitte

    2014-01-01

    Biofilm-forming microorganisms switch between two forms: free-living planktonic and sessile multicellular. Sessile communities of yeast biofilms in liquid medium provide a primitive example of multicellularity and are clinically important because biofilms tend to have other growth characteristics...... than free-living cells. We investigated the genetic basis for yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, biofilm on solid surfaces in liquid medium by screening a comprehensive deletion mutant collection in the S1278b background and found 71 genes that were essential for biofilm development. Quantitative...... functioned specifically in biofilm and mat formation. In a tpk3 mutant, transcription of FLO11 was induced three-fold compared with wild-type, but biofilm development and cell–cell adhesion was absent, suggesting that Tpk3p regulates FLO11 positive posttranscriptionally and negative transcriptionally. The...

  19. The membrane biofilm reactor: the natural partnership of membranes and biofilm.

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    Rittmann, B E

    2006-01-01

    Many exciting new technologies for water-quality control combine microbiological processes with adsorption, advanced oxidation, a membrane or an electrode to improve performance, address emerging contaminants or capture renewable energy. An excellent example is the H2-based membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR), which delivers H2 gas to a biofilm that naturally accumulates on the outer surface of a bubbleless membrane. Autotrophic bacteria in the biofilm oxidise the H2 and use the electrons to reduce NO3-, CIO4- and other oxidised contaminants. This natural partnership of membranes and biofilm makes it possible to gain many cost, performance and simplicity advantages from using H2 as the electron donor for microbially catalysed reductions. The MBfR has been demonstrated for denitrification in drinking water; reduction of perchlorate in groundwater; reduction of selenate, chromate, trichloroethene and other emerging contaminants; advanced N removal in wastewater treatment and autotrophic total-N removal. PMID:16605035

  20. Effect of Biosynthesized Silver Nanoparticles on Staphylococcus aureus Biofilm Quenching and Prevention of Biofilm Formation

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    Pratik R. Chaudhari∗; Shalaka A. Masurkar; Vrishali B. Shidore; Suresh P. Kamble

    2012-01-01

    The development of green experimental processes for the synthesis of nanoparticles is a need in the field of nanotechnology. The synthesis of silver nanoparticles was achieved using Bacillus cereus supernatant and 1 mM silver nitrate. 100 mM glucose was found to quicken the rate of reaction of silver nanoparticles synthesis. UV-visible spectrophotometric analysis was carried out to assess the synthesis of silver nanoparticles. The synthesized silver nanoparticles were further characterized by using Nanoparticle Tracking Analyzer (NTA), Transmission Electron Microscope and Energy Dispersive X-ray spectra. These silver nanoparticles showed enhanced quorum quenching activity against Staphylococcus aureus biofilm and prevention of biofilm formation which can be seen under inverted microscope (40 X). The synergistic effect of silver nanoparticles along with antibiotics in biofilm quenching was found to be effective. In the near future, silver nanoparticles could be used in the treatment of infections caused by highly antibiotic resistant biofilm.

  1. A Novel Computerized Cell Count Algorithm for Biofilm Analysis.

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    Klinger-Strobel, Mareike; Suesse, Herbert; Fischer, Dagmar; Pletz, Mathias W; Makarewicz, Oliwia

    2016-01-01

    Biofilms are the preferred sessile and matrix-embedded life form of most microorganisms on surfaces. In the medical field, biofilms are a frequent cause of treatment failure because they protect the bacteria from antibiotics and immune cells. Antibiotics are selected according to the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) based on the planktonic form of bacteria. Determination of the minimal biofilm eradicating concentration (MBEC), which can be up to 1,000-fold greater than the MIC, is not currently conducted as routine diagnostic testing, primarily because of the methodical hurdles of available biofilm assessing protocols that are time- and cost-consuming. Comparative analysis of biofilms is also limited as most quantitative methods such as crystal violet staining are indirect and highly imprecise. In this paper, we present a novel algorithm for assessing biofilm resistance to antibiotics that overcomes several of the limitations of alternative methods. This algorithm aims for a computer-based analysis of confocal microscope 3D images of biofilms after live/dead stains providing various biofilm parameters such as numbers of viable and dead cells and their vertical distributions within the biofilm, or biofilm thickness. The performance of this algorithm was evaluated using computer-simulated 2D and 3D images of coccal and rodent cells varying different parameters such as cell density, shading or cell size. Finally, genuine biofilms that were untreated or treated with nitroxoline or colistin were analyzed and the results were compared with quantitative microbiological standard methods. This novel algorithm allows a direct, fast and reproducible analysis of biofilms after live/dead staining. It performed well in biofilms of moderate cell densities in a 2D set-up however the 3D analysis remains still imperfect and difficult to evaluate. Nevertheless, this is a first try to develop an easy but conclusive tool that eventually might be implemented into routine

  2. Biofilm-based central line-associated bloodstream infections.

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    Yousif, Ammar; Jamal, Mohamed A; Raad, Issam

    2015-01-01

    Different types of central venous catheters (CVCs) have been used in clinical practice to improve the quality of life of chronically and critically ill patients. Unfortunately, indwelling devices are usually associated with microbial biofilms and eventually lead to catheter-related bloodstream infections (CLABSIs).An estimated 250,000-400,000 CLABSIs occur every year in the United States, at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 CVC days and a mortality rate of 12-25 %. The annual cost of caring for patients with CLABSIs ranges from 296 million to 2.3 billion dollars.Biofilm formation occurs on biotic and abiotic surfaces in the clinical setting. Extensive studies have been conducted to understand biofilm formation, including different biofilm developmental stages, biofilm matrix compositions, quorum-sensing regulated biofilm formation, biofilm dispersal (and its clinical implications), and multi-species biofilms that are relevant to polymicrobial infections.When microbes form a matured biofilm within human hosts through medical devices such as CVCs, the infection becomes resistant to antibiotic treatment and can develop into a chronic condition. For that reason, many techniques have been used to prevent the formation of biofilm by targeting different stages of biofilm maturation. Other methods have been used to diagnose and treat established cases of CLABSI.Catheter removal is the conventional management of catheter associated bacteremia; however, the procedure itself carries a relatively high risk of mechanical complications. Salvaging the catheter can help to minimize these complications.In this article, we provide an overview of microbial biofilm formation; describe the involvement of various genetic determinants, adhesion proteins, organelles, mechanism(s) of biofilm formation, polymicrobial infections, and biofilm-associated infections on indwelling intravascular catheters; and describe the diagnosis, management, and prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections

  3. Hydrophobicity of biofilm coatings influences the transport dynamics of polystyrene nanoparticles in biofilm-coated sand.

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    Mitzel, Michael R; Sand, Stefanie; Whalen, Joann K; Tufenkji, Nathalie

    2016-04-01

    Engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) are used in the manufacture of over 2000 industrial and consumer products to enhance their material properties and functions or to enable new nanoparticle-dependent functions. The widespread use of ENPs will result in their release to the subsurface and aquatic environments, where they will interact with indigenous biota. Laboratory column experiments were designed to understand the influence of two different Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms on the mobility of polystyrene latex nanoparticles in granular porous media representative of groundwater aquifers or riverbank filtration settings. The transport behavior of 20 nm carboxylate-modified (CLPs) and sulfate (SLPs) polystyrene latex ENPs suspended in NaCl or CaCl2 (1 and 10 mM ionic strength, pH 7) was studied in columns packed with quartz sand coated with biofilms formed by two P. aeruginosa strains that differed in cell surface hydrophobicity (P. aeruginosa 9027™, relatively hydrophilic and P. aeruginosa PAO1, relatively hydrophobic). Biofilm-coated quartz sand retained more of the electrostatically-stabilized latex ENPs than clean, uncoated sand, regardless of the serotype. As IS increased, clear differences in the shape of the ENP breakthrough curves were observed for each type of biofilm coating. ENP breakthrough in the P. aeruginosa PAO1 biofilm-coated sand was generally constant with time whereby breakthrough in the P. aeruginosa 9027 biofilm-coated sand showed dynamic behavior. This indicates a fundamental difference in the mechanisms of ENP deposition onto hydrophilic or hydrophobic biofilm coatings due to the hydration properties of these biofilms. The results of this study demonstrate the importance of considering the surface properties of aquifer grain coatings when evaluating ENP fate in natural subsurface environments. PMID:26845456

  4. Use of In-Biofilm Expression Technology To Identify Genes Involved in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Development†

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    Finelli, Antonio; Gallant, Claude V.; Jarvi, Keith; Burrows, Lori L.

    2003-01-01

    Mature Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms form complex three-dimensional architecture and are tolerant of antibiotics and other antimicrobial compounds. In this work, an in vivo expression technology system, originally designed to study virulence-associated genes in complex mammalian environments, was used to identify genes up-regulated in P. aeruginosa grown to a mature (5-day) biofilm. Five unique cloned promoters unable to promote in vitro growth in the absence of purines after recovery from ...

  5. Planktonic versus Biofilm Catabolic Communities: Importance of the Biofilm for Species Selection and Pesticide Degradation ▿

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    Verhagen, Pieter; De Gelder, Leen; Hoefman, Sven; De Vos, Paul; Boon, Nico

    2011-01-01

    Chloropropham-degrading cultures were obtained from sludge and soil samples by using two different enrichment techniques: (i) planktonic enrichments in shaken liquid medium and (ii) biofilm enrichments on two types of solid matrixes (plastic chips and gravel). Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis fingerprinting showed that planktonic and biofilm cultures had a different community composition depending on the presence and type of added solid matrix during enrichment. This was reflected in t...

  6. Multiparameter Assessments To Determine the Effects of Sugars and Antimicrobials on a Polymicrobial Oral Biofilm

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    Yang, Ying; Sreenivasan, Prem K; Subramanyam, Ravi; Cummins, Diane

    2006-01-01

    Clinical studies indicate relationships between dental plaque, a naturally formed biofilm, and oral diseases. The crucial role of nonmicrobial biofilm constituents in maintaining biofilm structure and biofilm-specific attributes, such as resistance to shear and viscoelasticity, is increasingly recognized. Concurrent analyses of the diverse nonmicrobial biofilm components for multiparameter assessments formed the focus of this investigation. Comparable numbers of Actinomyces viscosus, Streptoc...

  7. Essential factors of an integrated moving bed biofilm reactor-membrane bioreactor: Adhesion characteristics and microbial community of the biofilm.

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    Tang, Bing; Yu, Chunfei; Bin, Liying; Zhao, Yiliang; Feng, Xianfeng; Huang, Shaosong; Fu, Fenglian; Ding, Jiewei; Chen, Cuiqun; Li, Ping; Chen, Qianyu

    2016-07-01

    This work aims at revealing the adhesion characteristics and microbial community of the biofilm in an integrated moving bed biofilm reactor-membrane bioreactor, and further evaluating their variations over time. With multiple methods, the adhesion characteristics and microbial community of the biofilm on the carriers were comprehensively illuminated, which showed their dynamic variation along with the operational time. Results indicated that: (1) the roughness of biofilm on the carriers increased very quickly to a maximum value at the start-up stage, then, decreased to become a flat curve, which indicated a layer of smooth biofilm formed on the surface; (2) the tightly-bound protein and polysaccharide was the most important factor influencing the stability of biofilm; (3) the development of biofilm could be divided into three stages, and Gammaproteobacteria were the most dominant microbial species in class level at the last stage, which occupied the largest ratio (51.48%) among all microbes. PMID:27038266

  8. MIT LMFBR blanket research project. Final summary report

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    Driscoll, M.J.

    1983-08-01

    This is a final summary report on an experimental and analytical program for the investigation of LMFBR blanket characteristics carried out at MIT in the period 1969 to 1983. During this span of time, work was carried out on a wide range of subtasks, ranging from neutronic and photonic measurements in mockups of blankets using the Blanket Test Facility at the MIT Research Reactor, to analytic/numerical investigations of blanket design and economics. The main function of this report is to serve as a resource document which will permit ready reference to the more detailed topical reports and theses issued over the years on the various aspects of project activities. In addition, one aspect of work completed during the final year of the project, on doubly-heterogeneous blanket configurations, is documented for the record.

  9. Lightforest and the MIT Museum Holography Education Project

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    Connors, Betsy A.

    1998-02-01

    Lightforest installation is a large-scale holographic work permanently installed at the MIT Museum in Cambridge MA. Organic shapes in the rounded walls and floor of a small room (15 by 11 by 9 feet) frame the approximately 200 white- light transmission holograms of fabricated rainforest plants and light and image projections. Additional projects as a result of the Lightforest installation include the creation of a Holography Teaching Program at the MIT Museum, including a partnership with the WSNS elementary school and the creation of a holographic garden mural in the school combining real plants with reflection copies of Lightforest holograms. The combined Lightforest project makes important connections between art, technology, education, and the environment.

  10. Therapiemonitoring mit bildgebenden Verfahren im modernen Management von Hirntumoren

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Bildgebende Verfahren sind eine wichtige Grundlage der Therapieplanung und -kontrolle bei Hirntumoren. Bislang diente hierzu in erster Linie die Größenbeurteilung auf herkömmlichen morphologischen MRT-Aufnahmen. Sowohl zur besseren Therapieplanung und -kontrolle im Rahmen etablierter Therapieschemata als auch zur Evaluation neuer Therapieverfahren ist die Erfassung physiologischer Parameter wie der Perfusion, Diffusion oder Permeabilität mithilfe von MRT und PET eine vielversprechende Entwicklung. Mit der PET und entsprechenden Tracern können zusätzlich auch Targets zur Tumorklassifikation oder gezielten Therapie nachgewiesen werden. Mit der Spektroskopie können für Tumorgewebe typische Metabolite nachgewiesen werden. Bei einigen Tumorentitäten wie den niedergradigen Gliomen zeigten Studien, dass die Perfusionsbildgebung hilfreich zur Planung des weiteren therapeutischen Vorgehens sein kann. Ziel ist, durch eine Kombination geeigneter Verfahren zu einer frühen und treffsicheren Diagnostik beizutragen.

  11. Properties of hybrid stars in an extended MIT bag model

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    BAO Tmurbagan; LIU Guang-Zhou; ZHU Ming-Feng

    2009-01-01

    The properties of hybrid stars are investigated in the framework of the relativistic mean field theory (RMFT) and an MIT bag model with density-dependent bag constant to describe the hadron phase (HP) and quark phase (QP), respectively. We find that the density-dependent B(p) decreases with baryon density p; this decrement makes the strange quark matter become more energetically favorable than ever, which makes the threshold densities of the hadron-quark phase transition lower than those of the original bag constant case. In this case, the hyperon degrees of freedom can not be considered. As a result, the equations of state of a star in the mixed phase (MP) become softer whereas those in the QP become stiffer, and the radii of the star obviously decrease. This indicates that the extended MIT bag model is more suitable to describe hybrid stars with small radii.

  12. The MIT / NASA Langley Magnetic Suspension/Balance System

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    1991-01-01

    A shuttle model is magnetically suspended in the transparent octagonal test section of the MIT / NASA Langley 6 Inch MSBS. Massive power supplies are required to drive electromagnets for model position control. A unique electromagnetic position sensor, similar to a linear variable differential transformer, provides five degrees of freedom for the test model. The low speed (Mach 0.5) wind tunnel was hand crafted from mahogany. Aerodynamic forces on the test model are measured by the proportional electrical current used to hold the model in place. The system was built by MIT in the late sixties and was relocated to Langley in the mid eighties. In a joint effort with Old Dominion University in 1992 the MSBS was used to test the aerodynamics of store separation, simulating a bomb released from an aircraft. The system has been donated to Old Dominion University.

  13. MIT LMFBR blanket research project. Final summary report

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    This is a final summary report on an experimental and analytical program for the investigation of LMFBR blanket characteristics carried out at MIT in the period 1969 to 1983. During this span of time, work was carried out on a wide range of subtasks, ranging from neutronic and photonic measurements in mockups of blankets using the Blanket Test Facility at the MIT Research Reactor, to analytic/numerical investigations of blanket design and economics. The main function of this report is to serve as a resource document which will permit ready reference to the more detailed topical reports and theses issued over the years on the various aspects of project activities. In addition, one aspect of work completed during the final year of the project, on doubly-heterogeneous blanket configurations, is documented for the record

  14. Endokrinologische Behandlung der Geschlechtsdysphorie bei Menschen mit Geschlechtsinkongruenz

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    Flütsch N

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Es gibt Menschen, die die innere Gewissheit besitzen, dass ihre Geschlechtsidentität nicht zu ihrem biologischen Ursprungsgeschlecht passt. Durch die Entwicklungen in der Medizin in den letzten hundert Jahren ist es möglich geworden, die körperlichen Geschlechtsmerkmale an das innerlich erlebte Geschlecht anzupassen. Die Zahl der Hilfesuchenden in den ärztlichen Ambulanzen und Privatpraxen hat in den vergangenen Jahren deutlich zugenommen. Das Vorgehen bei der Diagnostik und Therapieeinleitung erlebt zurzeit eine deutliche Veränderung hin zu mehr Patientenzentriertheit und Individualisierung des Transitionsprozesses. Dabei bildet die geschlechtsangleichende Hormontherapie ein wesentliches Standbein in der körperlichen Angleichung an das Gegengeschlecht. Unter Beachtung von bestimmten Sicherheitsaspekten ist eine Hormontherapie mit Sexualhormonen sicher und einfach durchzuführen. Regelmäßige Verlaufskontrollen sowie der offene und affirmative Umgang mit den Betroffenen tragen zudem wesentlich zur Sicherheit in der Behandlung bei.

  15. Voi ei! Oppilas hyppii seinille, mitä teen?

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    Karjalainen, Elina

    2007-01-01

    Opinnäytetyöni aiheena on tutkia ADHD:ta ilmiönä. Tässä työssä kartoitan sitä, mitä kaikkea siihen liittyy. Selvitän ensin mitä ADHD tarkoittaa oireyhtymänä. Sen jälkeen käyn läpi aikuisiän ADHD:ta, ADHD:seen liittyviä liitännäisoireita, lääkitystä ja ADHD:n historiaa. Työn loppuosassa käyn läpi erilaisia ohjeita, jotka soveltuisivat parhaiten ADHD:ta sairastavan opettamiseen instrumenttiopetuksessa. Lopuksi pohdin ADHD:ta pedagogiselta kannalta sekä esimerkkien että omien kokemusteni pohjalt...

  16. Pilocytic Astrocytoma with subarachnoidal spread; Pilozytisches Astrozytom mit subarachnoidaler Dissemination

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    Braun-Fischer, A. [Abt. fuer Strahlentherapie der Radiologischen Universitaetskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany); Romeike, B.F.M. [Abt. fuer Neuropathologie der Universitaetskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany); Eymann, R. [Neurochirurgische Klinik der Universitaetskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany); Glas, B.; Reiche, W. [Abt. fuer Neuroradiologie der Radiologischen Klinik der Universitaetskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany); Riesinger, P. [Kinderklinik der Universitaetskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany)

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    Pilocytic Astrocytomas (WHO I) are histopathologically tumors of glial origin occuring predominantly in chlidhood and adolescence. Normally, they are characterized by a benign clinical course, with a long overall survival time and a high rate of complete remission. The rare case of pilocytic astrocytoma, primarily located in the third ventricular region, with generalized subarachnoidal spread is described. In the 10 years of followup, the histopathologic findings of the seedings remained those of a typical pilocytic astrocytoma; tumor progression did not occur. (orig.) [Deutsch] Das pilozytische Astrozytom (WHO I) ist ein glialer Tumor des Kindes- und Jungendalters, der sich in der Regel durch einen gutartigen klinischen Verlauf mit langen Ueberlebenszeiten und hohen Heilungsraten auszeichnet. Im folgenden berichten wir ueber den seltenen Fall eines pilozytischen Astrozytoms mit Primaersitz im Chiasmabereich, das zu einer Dissemination im gesamten Subarachnoidalraum gefuehrt hatte. Auch zum Zeitpunkt des Todes war ein uebliches pilozytisches Astrozytom nachweisbar; eine Progression des Tumors hatte histomorphologisch nicht stattgefunden. (orig.)

  17. Gestaltung eines autonomen Unterwasserfahrzeugs mit elektromagnetischer Auftauchvorrichtung und multifunktionalem Transportsystem

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    Preradović, Oliver

    2013-01-01

    Der Abbau von Bodenschätzen im Meer wird infolge der schwindenden Rohstoffvorräte an Land zunehmend interessanter. Bei der Suche nach ressourcenreichen Gebieten, der Aufnahme von Boden- und Wasserproben sowie zum Aufbau und zur Inspektion von Unterwasserstationen werden technisch hoch entwickelte Unterwasserfahrzeuge eingesetzt, die extremen Tiefseebedingungen ausgesetzt sind, beispielsweise den korrosiven Eigenschaften des Meerwassers und dem enormen hydrostatischen Druck, welcher mit zunehm...

  18. Kinetische Untersuchungen zur Reduktion von Nitroaromaten mit Goldnanopartikeln

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    Fenger, Robert

    2013-01-01

    Goldnanopartikel werden in der kolloidalen Katalyse als Modellsystem genutzt, um den Einfluss des Partikelgröße, der Partikelform und der Zusammensetzung in bimetallischen Systemen sowie der Ligandensphäre auf die katalytische Reduktion von 4-Nitrophenol zu 4-Aminophenol zu untersuchen. Goldnanopartikel eignen sich vor allem deshalb als Modellsystem, da sie in kurzer Zeit, in hohen Ausbeuten und mit definierten Eigenschaften hergestellt werden können. Es konnte erstmals nachgewiesen werden, d...

  19. Staatlicher Umgang mit sexuellem Mißbrauch

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    Oberloskamp, Helga

    1996-01-01

    Das Thema bedarf differenzierter Betrachtung, da sich "der Staat" in seinen drei Gewalten Legislative, Exekutive, Judikative darstellt. Die Exekutive wird vor allem durch das Jugendamt repräsentiert, dessen Aufgaben das KJHG differenziert benennt. Dagegen sagt das Gesetz wenig darüber aus, wie die Aufgaben zu erledigen sind. Allerdings ist eine Kooperation mit Freien Trägern der Jugendhilfe, dem Vormundschafts- und Familiengericht und anderen bezeichneten Stellen (z B Schule, Polizei) vorgesc...

  20. Typenbildung mit quantitativen und qualitativen Daten : methodologische Überlegungen

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    Promberger, Markus (Hrsg.)

    2011-01-01

    In diesem Essay wird gezeigt, dass die Verschränkung von qualitativen und quantitativen Methoden im Forschungsprozess nicht nur durch das Zählen von Wörtern in qualitativen Dokumenten, durch Exemplifikation von Statistiken mit Einzelfallstudien, durch 'hypothesengenerierende' Explorationsstudien oder ähnliches geschehen kann. Vielmehr stellt die Typenbildung einen Schlüsselschritt für die Genese konvergenter Befunde aus beiden methodischen Richtungen dar. Der Aufsatz skizziert eine wissenscha...

  1. Hochauflösende Verarbeitung von Radardaten mit synthetischer Apertur

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    Mittermayer, Josef

    2000-01-01

    Diese Arbeit stellt das neuartige Frequenz-Skalierungs-Verfahren zur effizienten und genauen Verarbeitung von Spotlight-SAR-Daten ohne Interpolation vor. Es wird eine genaue Modellierung der Spotlight-Abbildungsgeometrie eingeführt. Eine neue analytische Formulierung für SAR-Rohdaten mit Dechirp on Receive-Operation wird abgeleitet. Aufbauend auf dieser Formulierung erfolgt die Entwicklung einer interpolationsfreien Korrektur der Zielentfernungsänderung, der sogenannten Frequenz-Skalierung. ...

  2. Vogelkundliche Fachliteratur und Internetquellen mit www.vifabio.de recherchieren

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    Dähne, Judith

    2010-01-01

    Die Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Biologie (www.vifabio.de) bündelt die Recherche nach wissenschaftlich hochwertigen Quellen aus Bibliotheken, Aufsatzbanken und Internet. Zentrales Element von vifabio ist dabei der Virtuelle Katalog: Mit einer Suchanfrage werden mehrere Kataloge zoologisch bzw. ornithologisch relevanter Bibliotheken, Zeitschriftendatenbanken wie Zoological Record (Nationallizenz 1864 bis 2007 für Nutzer in akademischen Einrichtungen), BioLIS und der Aufsatzkatalog OLC, sowie Lande...

  3. Herstellung dotierter Nanodiamantpartikel und ihre Funktionalisierung mit schwefelhaltigen Gruppen

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    Heyer, Steffen

    2015-01-01

    In dieser Dissertation werden Methoden zur Darstellung von Stickstoff- und Bor-dotierten Nanodiamantpartikeln durch Vermahlung von makroskopischem HPHT- und CVD-Diamant mit unterschiedlichen Mühlen und Mahlverfahren beschrieben. Untersucht wird dabei der Zusammenhang von erzielten Teilchengrößen nach dem Mahlen und den Kristallitgrößen der Ausgangsdiamanten sowie der angewandten Mahlmethode. Durch Anwendung verschiedener oxidativer Methoden wird während des Mahlens entstehender sp2-Kohlenstof...

  4. Configuration management plan for Machine Interface Test System (MITS)

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    The discipline required by this plan will apply from the establishment of a configuration baseline until completion of the final test in the MITS. The plan applies to configured items of hardware and software as well as to the specifications and drawings for these items. The plan encompasses establishment of the facility baseline, interface definition, classes of change, change control, change paper, organizational responsibilities and relationships, test configuration (as opposed to facility), and configuration data retention

  5. Resonanzionisations-Massenspektrometrie mit gepulsten und kontinuierlichen Lasern an Plutonium

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    Kunz, Peter

    2004-01-01

    Zusammenfassung Zur Weiterentwicklung derResonanzionisations-Massenspektrometrie (RIMS) für dieUltra-Spurenanalyse von Plutonium wurde im Rahmen dieserArbeit eine neue RIMS-Apparatur konzipiert und aufgebaut.Erstmals wurden bei der spektroskopischen Untersuchung vonPlutonium schmalbandige kontinuierliche Laser verwendet. Eswurdenumfangreiche Messreihen durchgeführt, um denResonanzionisationsprozess von Plutonium mit kontinuierlichenLasern zuspezifizieren und möglichst effiziente Anregungsl...

  6. Gruppendiskussionen mit Kindern : die dokumentarische Interpretation von Spielpraxis und Diskursorganisation

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    Nentwig-Gesemann, Iris

    2002-01-01

    "Im Interaktionsgeflecht der Gleichaltrigenkultur produzieren Kinder als soziale Akteure soziale Wirklichkeit und kulturelle Bedeutungen. Gruppendiskussionen und die dokumentarische Methode der Interpretation werden als geeignete Verfahren vorgestellt, mit denen im Rahmen der Kindheitsforschung neue Zugänge zur Perspektive der Kinder und ihren alltagskulturellen Praktiken eröffnet werden können. Über die Reflexion und Rekonstruktion forschungspraktischer Erfahrungen wird hier die schrittweise...

  7. Synthese von polycyclischen, polyprenylierten Acylphloroglucinen mit unterschiedlich oxygenierten Seitenketten

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    Minke, Katharina

    2014-01-01

    Polycyclische, polyprenylierte Acylphloroglucine (PPAP) beschreiben eine Naturstofffamilie mit mehr als 120 natürlichen Vertretern. Ein Charakteristikum, das alle PPAPs vereint ist das Bicyclo[3.3.1]nonatrion - Grundgerüst, welches sich durch unterschiedliche Substitutionsmuster am Bicyclus unterscheidet. Ein Substituent ist immer eine Acylfunktion. Seine Position am Bicyclus lässt eine Einteilung der PPAPs in die Typen A, B und C zu. Weiterhin erfolgt eine konformationsbasierte Differenzieru...

  8. Modellierung und Verifikation von Eisenbahn-Infrastrukturen mit semantischen Technologien

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    Lodemann, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Diese Arbeit zeigt, wie semantische Technologien (Sprachen und Werkzeuge) genutzt werden können, um Eisenbahn-Infrastrukturen zu modellieren und zu verifizieren. Dazu wurde ein semantisches Domänen-Modell entworfen und implementiert, das sowohl die Elemente von Eisenbahn-Infrastrukturen und deren Eigenschaften als auch die Beziehungen dieser Elemente untereinander darstellen kann. Zur Modellierung wurde die Web Ontology Language (OWL) in Kombination mit der Semantic Web Rule Language (SWRL) v...

  9. Quark Orbital Angular Momentum in the MIT Bag Model

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    Burkardt, Matthias; Jarrah, Abdullah

    2010-01-01

    Using the MIT bag model, we study the contribution from the gluon vector potential due to the spectators to the orbital angular momentum of a quark in the bag model. For $\\alpha_s = {\\cal O}(1)$, this spectator contribution to the quark orbital angular momentum in the gauge-covariant Ji decomposition is of the same order as the non gauge-covariant quark orbital angular momentum and its magnitude is larger for $d$ than for $u$ quarks and negative for both.

  10. Aufwachverhalten nach langdauernden Narkosen mit Desfluran im Vergleich zu Isofluran

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    Bloch, Martin

    2010-01-01

    Die physikochemischen und pharmakokinetischen Eigenschaften des volatilen Anästhestikums Desfluran sind durch geringe Kumulation im Fettgewebe und schnelle An- und Abflutungsgeschwindigkeit gekennzeichnet. Für das Aufwachverhalten nach langdauernden Narkosen scheint Desfluran daher besonders geeignet. Untersucht wurde, ob langdauernde Narkosen mit Desfluran ein schnelleres Erwachen und eine bessere Erholung ermöglichen im Vergleich zu Isofluran (80 Pat., min. 3 Stunden Narkosedaue...

  11. Internationales Team Building aus britischer Perspektive: mit Schwerpunkt interkultureller Kompetenz

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    Bründl-Price, Sonja

    2004-01-01

    In Zeiten wachsender Globalisierung sind internationale Teams alltäglich und werden mit allen möglichen Schattierungen von Erfolg und Misserfolg konfrontiert. Menschen unterschiedlichen kulturellen Hintergrundes bemühen sich, einander zu verstehen, interkulturelle Hindernisse zu überwinden und Gruppenpotenziale zu optimieren. Oft erübrigt sich die Frage nach der Erfolgsrate internationaler Teams im Vergleich zu monokulturellen Gruppen, da Internationalität heutzutage wesentlicher Bestandteil ...

  12. Qanti-QG hermaphrodite mesons in the MIT bag model

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    It is suggested that hermaphrodite (qanti-qg) mesons could exist with rather light masses. The spectrum of the ground state nonets, Jsup(PC) = (0, 1, 2)-+; 1-- is calculated in the MIT bag model including 0(αsub(s)) energy shifts. Hadronic transitions among these states are discussed, considering their possible production at LEAR and SPEAR and indicating some interesting decay signatures. (author)

  13. Erste klinische Erfahrungen mit dem neuen Tracheostomaventil Window (Adeva)

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    Janke, Markus

    2003-01-01

    Zusammenfassung Laryngektomierten Patienten kann durch einen künstlichen Shunt zwischen Trachealstumpf und Ösophagus eine „Ersatzstimme“ wiedergegeben werden. Zum Sprechen muss dabei das Tracheostoma mit dem Finger verschlossen werden. Schon bald nach der Einführung der Stimmshunttechnik 1980 durch Blom und Singer wurden auch die ersten Tracheostomaventile entwickelt um den Patienten fingerfreies Sprechen zu ermöglichen. Die Ventile verschließen das Tracheostoma mechanisch durch leichten, plö...

  14. Aspekte des Rehabilitationssports bei Patienten mit Schizophrenie unter Neuroleptikatherapie

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    Siemßen, Gunda

    2005-01-01

    Die Bedeutung des Sports in der Behandlung und Rehabilitation schizophrener Patienten ist bisher kaum untersucht worden. Die Literaturrecherche ist unergiebig. Vereinzelt durchgeführte Studien aus der Psychiatrie, der Sportwissenschaft sowie der Physiologie und Pharmakologie finden keinen Eingang in die Wissenschaftsliteratur, sondern sind nur als Projektberichte zugänglich. Eine systematische fachbereichsübergreifende Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema fand bisher nicht statt. Die wenigen best...

  15. Aktivierung von Makrophagen durch Maillard-Produkte mit Aminoreduktonstruktur

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    Wühr, Andrea

    2010-01-01

    Durch Zubereitung oder Lagerung von Lebensmitteln, aber auch in vivo reagieren in der Maillard-Reaktion reduzierende Zucker mit Aminen, Aminosäuren oder Proteinen zu einer komplexen Mischung an Maillard-Produkten. Noch ungeklärt ist bislang in wie weit sich der Verzehr dieser Produkte positiv oder negativ auf die Gesundheit des Menschen auswirkt. Aufgrund vieler erwünschter sensorischer Eigenschaften dieser Produkte (braune Farbe, Geschmack und Aroma), werden bedeutende Mengen durch die Nahru...

  16. Funktionsdiagnostik von Inselzellen des Schweins mit einer miniaturisierten Mikroperifusionskammer

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    Schlosser, Stefan

    2007-01-01

    Die Forschung um die Optimierung der Insel-Transplantation nimmt in der Behandlung des Typ I Diabetes eine Vorreiterstellung ein. Nachdem im Zeitraum von drei Jahrzehnten Fortschritte im Bereich der Insel-Isolierung und Immunosuppression gemacht wurden, stehen wir heute am Beginn des klinischen Einsatzes dieser Technik an ausgewählten Patientengruppen. Ziel der vorliegenden Arbeit ist die umfassende Funktionsdiagnostik isolierter porziner mikroverkapselter Inseln. Mit Hilfe einer miniaturisie...

  17. Poly(etherketon)e mit Phenylindangruppen als Membranen zur Gastrennung

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    Burger, Martin

    2007-01-01

    Über einen neuen Syntheseweg, wurde eine Reihe von neuen Poly(etherketon)en mit Phenylindangruppen und gezielten Strukturvariationen in der Polymerhauptkette synthetisiert. Die vollständig amorphen Polymere besitzen hohe Molmassen, hohe Glasübergangstemperaturen und bilden stabile Filme. Die Bestimmung und Interpretation der Permeabilitätskoeffizienten für O2, N2, CO2 und CH4 und die daraus berechneten idealen Selektivitäten erlaubten die Identifizierung des den Gastransport kontrollierenden ...

  18. Formgedächtnis-Mikroventile mit hoher Energiedichte.

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    Liu, Yong; Kohl, Manfred

    2007-01-01

    Diese Arbeit beschreibt die Entwicklung von Formgedächtnis-Mikroventilen und daraus aufgebauter Durchflussregler für mikrofluidische Anwendungen. Ein erklärtes Ziel war die Bereitstellung einer hohen Energiedichte, um möglichst kompakte Bauelemente mit großem Arbeitsvermögen zu realisieren. Von den bekannten Energiewandlungsprinzipien zeigt der Formgedächtnis- (FG-) Effekt die höchste Energiedichte. Daher liegt der Schwerpunkt der Arbeit in der Entwicklung mikrosystemt...

  19. MitBASE: a comprehensive and integrated mitochondrial DNA database

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    Antimonelli, M.; Altamura, N.; Benne, R.; Boyen, C; Brennicke, A; Carone, A; Cooper, J. M.; D'Elia, D.; Montalvo, de, A.; Pinto, de, B.; Robertis, De, M.; Golik, P.; Grienenberger, J M; Knoop, V.; Lanave, C.

    1999-01-01

    MitBASE is an integrated and comprehensive database of mitochondrial DNA data which collects all available information from different organisms and from intraspecie variants and mutants. Research institutions from different countries are involved, each in charge of developing, collecting and annotating data for the organisms they are specialised in. The design of the actual structure of the database and its implementation in a user-friendly format are the care of the European Bioinformatics I...

  20. BizWeb: Kreuzfahrtbuchungen mit Web Services - Projektdokumentation

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    Onken, Bastian; Bräuer, Benny; Viefhues, D.; Schmidt, Alfred; Buhlmann, D.; EGGERS, C.; Fulle, R.; Junge, M.; Lefke, C.; Schlegel, V; Schrade, C.; Siedek, N.; Stelmaszek, J.; Wäsch, T.

    2005-01-01

    Das Anwendungsziel war, mit Hilfe von Web Services, eine Kreuzfahrtbuchung in einem SAPSystem zu realisieren. Damit soll die Abfrage nach buchbaren Kreuzfahrten, die Buchung von Kreuzfahrten usw. in einem fiktiven Kreuzfahrtbuchungssystem über ein SAPSystem ermöglicht werden. Hierzu war eine Schnittstelle auf der Basis des Java Connectors zu realisieren. Dazu waren vielfältige Vorarbeiten notwendig, wie: ein Kreuzfahrtbuchungssystem im SAPSystem zu realisieren, das notwendige Datenmodell zu e...