biofilm formation [Virulence Biological Effect]

Accession VIRO:0000039
DefinitionBiofilm formation is a process whereby microorganisms irreversibly attach to and grow on a surface and produce extracellular polymers that facilitate attachment and matrix formation, resulting in an alteration in the phenotype of the organisms with respect to growth rate and gene transcription.
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+ fibrillar amyloid adhesin participates_in
+ Ebp pili participates_in

Donlan RM, et al. 2001. Clin. Infect. Dis. 33(8):1387-92 Biofilm formation: a clinically relevant microbiological process. (PMID 11565080)