Progress in Bacterial Biofilms: Formation, Inhibition and Resistance

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 122

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Applied Science, Faculty of Health and Life Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
Interests: antimicrobial surface; microibal cell and materials interactions; bio-inspired surface; living functional materials and sustainable biopolymers
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Department of Applied Science, Faculty of Health and Life Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
Interests: bacteriophages; bacterial physiology; phenotype and bacterial community structure; phage genomics and cell lysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues

This Special Issue delves into the cutting-edge progress made in understanding bacterial biofilms, focusing on their formation, inhibition, and resistance. The ongoing research in this field holds great promise for the development of innovative therapeutic approaches to combat biofilm-associated infections across diverse settings, including medical devices, water systems, and chronic infections.

Key Focus Areas:

The Formation of Biofilms: We will explore the communication mechanisms among bacteria, emphasizing recent advances in deciphering molecular pathways, elucidating the composition and pivotal role of extracellular polymeric substances in providing structural integrity to biofilms, and understanding the initial stages of biofilm formation, focusing on genetic factors that influence attachment.

The Inhibition of Biofilms: We will explore the latest research on novel compounds and materials exhibiting antibiofilm properties, explore cutting-edge developments in surface modifications of medical devices and implants designed to prevent bacterial attachment, uncover the potential of phage therapy as a tool to target and eliminate biofilms, and investigate how bacteriophages—viruses that infect and kill bacteria—can be harnessed to specifically target bacterial strains within biofilms.

Resistance Mechanisms: We aim to understand the genetic adaptations that make bacteria within biofilms more resistant to antibiotics and host immune responses, explore the unique subpopulation of bacterial persisters within biofilms that exhibit increased tolerance to antibiotics, and examine the impact of environmental factors, such as nutrient availability and stress conditions, on biofilm resistance.

This Special Issue brings together diverse perspectives and groundbreaking research to advance our understanding of bacterial biofilms, paving the way for innovative solutions to address biofilm-associated challenges in various practical domains.

Dr. Yunhong Jiang
Dr. Darren Smith
Guest Editors

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  • microbial biofilm formation
  • antimicrobial strategies
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • bacteriophage
  • bio-interactions

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