Regulation of Attachment by a Marine Bacterium: Bioadhesion Proteins
Final rept. 1 Jun 1996-30 Sep 1999
DELAWARE UNIV NEWARK COLL OF MARINE STUDIES
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It is well known that bacteria are the first colonizers of surfaces placed in seawater and that fouling by bacteria and other microbes can have both beneficial and deleterious effects. However, we know little about the mechanisms of how bacteria attach to inert surfaces in aquatic environments. A molecular approach was used to examine the properties of attachment proteins and to explore their role in the initial events of bacterial fouling. Results with mutants of a marine bacterium Vibrio Harveyi suggest that membrane proteins can mediate bacterial attachment to a variety of surfaces.