Microbial Primer: In vivo biofilm

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In this primer on biofilms and their role in infections, we trace the historical roots of microbial understanding from Van Leeuwenhoek’s observations to Bill Costerton’s groundbreaking work, which solidified biofilms' significance in infections. In vivo biofilm research, investigating patient samples and utilizing diverse host models, has yielded invaluable insights into these complex microbial communities. However, it comes with several challenges, particularly regarding replicating biofilm infections accurately in the laboratory. In vivo biofilm analyses involve various techniques, revealing biofilm architecture, composition, and behaviour, while gaps in knowledge persist regarding infection initiation and source, diversity, and the Infectious Microenvironment (IME). Ultimately, the study of biofilms in infections remains a dynamic and evolving field poised to transform our approach to combat biofilm-associated diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number001407
JournalMicrobiology (United Kingdom)
Issue number12
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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  • animal model, biofilm, in vivo

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