Alterations in extracellular substances during the biofilm development of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on aluminium plates
Source: Journal of Applied Microbiology, Volume 89, Number 1, July 2000 , pp. 100-106(7)
Abstract:h.y. cheung, s.q. sun, b. sreedhar, w.m. ching and p.a. tanner. 2000. The chemical moieties during biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on aluminium plates were examined for a period of 17 days. The effect of fluid shearing upon biofilm formation has also been investigated. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum of the biofilm taken on the fifth day showed significant differences compared with the spectrum of the unattached bacterial cells, indicating that structural changes or modifications of the cell envelope had taken place during the development of the biofilm. Major changes were also observed in the spectrum during the subsequent development of the biofilm from day 5 to day 17. The increasing intensity of a band corresponding to the symmetric stretching mode of the carboxyl group indicated interactions between the carboxyl group and the aluminium surface. Increased bacterial colonization was also observed at the air-water interface of the aluminium plates when compared with the middle and the bottom parts. Changes in FTIR spectra of the biofilm at the bottom, at the middle, and at the air-water interface suggest that the mechanisms of bacterial attachment differed by a -COO- interaction at the air-water interface, and by both -COO- and NH3+ groups beneath the water surface.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2000-07-01