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Multicellular and unicellular responses of microbial biofilms to stress

Authors
  • Rode, Daniel K.H.1, 2
  • Singh, Praveen K.1
  • Drescher, Knut1, 2, 3
  • 1 Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Karl-von-Frisch-Str. 16 , (Germany)
  • 2 Philipps-Universität Marburg, Karl-von-Frisch-Str. 16 , (Germany)
  • 3 SYNMIKRO Center for Synthetic Microbiology, Karl-von-Frisch-Str. 16 , (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biological Chemistry
Publisher
Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Publication Date
Oct 02, 2020
Volume
401
Issue
12
Pages
1365–1374
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/hsz-2020-0213
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Biofilms are a ubiquitous mode of microbial life and display an increased tolerance to different stresses. Inside biofilms, cells may experience both externally applied stresses and internal stresses that emerge as a result of growth in spatially structured communities. In this review, we discuss the spatial scales of different stresses in the context of biofilms, and if cells in biofilms respond to these stresses as a collection of individual cells, or if there are multicellular properties associated with the response. Understanding the organizational level of stress responses in microbial communities can help to clarify multicellular functions of biofilms.

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