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Title: Adhesion of B. subtilis spores and vegetative cells onto stainless steel - DLVO theories and AFM spectroscopy
Authors: Harimawan, A.
Zhong, S. 
Lim, C.-T. 
Ting, Y.-P. 
Keywords: Adhesion force
B. subtilis
DLVO theories
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2013
Source: Harimawan, A., Zhong, S., Lim, C.-T., Ting, Y.-P. (2013-09-01). Adhesion of B. subtilis spores and vegetative cells onto stainless steel - DLVO theories and AFM spectroscopy. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 405 : 233-241. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Interactions between the bacterium Bacillus subtilis (either as vegetative cells or as spores) and stainless steel 316 (SS-316) surfaces were quantified using the classical Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory and extended DLVO (xDLVO) approach in conjunction with live force spectroscopy using an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). The xDLVO approach accounts for acid-base (polar) interactions that are not considered in the classical DLVO theory. AFM results revealed that spores manifested stronger attraction interactions to stainless steel compared to their vegetative cells counterparts due to lower energy barrier as predicted by both the theoretical approaches as well as the higher hydrophobicity on the spore surfaces. Both DLVO and xDLVO theories predict that vegetative cells manifest weaker attachment on the surfaces compared to spores. Results of AFM force measurement corroborate these findings; spores recorded significantly higher adhesion force (2.92 ± 0.4. nN) compared to vegetative cells (0.65 ± 0.2. nN). The adhesion of spores presents greater challenges in biofilm control owing to its stronger attachment and persistence when the spores are formed under adverse environmental conditions. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Source Title: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
ISSN: 00219797
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2013.05.031
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