Diffusion of nanoparticles in biofilms is altered by bacterial cell wall hydrophobicity

  • Habimana O
  • Steenkeste K
  • Fontaine-Aupart M
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Abstract

Diffusion of entities inside biofilm triggers most mechanisms involved in biofilm-specific phenotypes. Using genetically engineered hydrophilic and hydrophobic cells of Lactococcus lactis yielding similar biofilm architectures, we demonstrated by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy that bacterial surface properties affect diffusion of nanoparticles through the biofilm matrix.

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