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A short history of microbial biofilms and biofilm infections

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title = "A short history of microbial biofilms and biofilm infections",
abstract = "The observation of aggregated microbes surrounded by a self-produced matrix adhering to surfaces or located in tissues or secretions is old since both Leeuwenhoek and Pasteur have described the phenomenon. In environmental and technical microbiology, biofilms, 80-90 years ago, were already shown to be important for biofouling on submerged surfaces, for example, ships. The concept of biofilm infections and their importance in medicine was, however, initiated in the early 1970s by the observation of heaps of Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells in sputum and lung tissue from chronically infected cystic fibrosis patients. The term biofilm was introduced into medicine in 1985 by J. W. Costerton. During the following decades, the number of published biofilm articles and methods for studying biofilms increased rapidly and it was shown that adhering and nonadhering biofilm infections are widespread in medicine. The medical importance of biofilm infections is now generally accepted and guidelines for prophylaxis, diagnosis, and treatment have been published.",
keywords = "Animals, Biofilms, Cystic Fibrosis, History, 17th Century, History, 18th Century, History, 19th Century, History, 20th Century, History, 21st Century, Humans, Microbiology, Pseudomonas Infections, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Historical Article, Journal Article, Review",
author = "Niels H{\o}iby",
note = "{\circledC} 2017 APMIS. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.",
year = "2017",
month = "4",
doi = "10.1111/apm.12686",
language = "English",
volume = "125",
pages = "272--275",
journal = "Acta pathologica et microbiologica Scandinavica",
issn = "0365-5555",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell Munksgaard",
number = "4",

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AU - Høiby, Niels

N1 - © 2017 APMIS. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

PY - 2017/4

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N2 - The observation of aggregated microbes surrounded by a self-produced matrix adhering to surfaces or located in tissues or secretions is old since both Leeuwenhoek and Pasteur have described the phenomenon. In environmental and technical microbiology, biofilms, 80-90 years ago, were already shown to be important for biofouling on submerged surfaces, for example, ships. The concept of biofilm infections and their importance in medicine was, however, initiated in the early 1970s by the observation of heaps of Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells in sputum and lung tissue from chronically infected cystic fibrosis patients. The term biofilm was introduced into medicine in 1985 by J. W. Costerton. During the following decades, the number of published biofilm articles and methods for studying biofilms increased rapidly and it was shown that adhering and nonadhering biofilm infections are widespread in medicine. The medical importance of biofilm infections is now generally accepted and guidelines for prophylaxis, diagnosis, and treatment have been published.

AB - The observation of aggregated microbes surrounded by a self-produced matrix adhering to surfaces or located in tissues or secretions is old since both Leeuwenhoek and Pasteur have described the phenomenon. In environmental and technical microbiology, biofilms, 80-90 years ago, were already shown to be important for biofouling on submerged surfaces, for example, ships. The concept of biofilm infections and their importance in medicine was, however, initiated in the early 1970s by the observation of heaps of Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells in sputum and lung tissue from chronically infected cystic fibrosis patients. The term biofilm was introduced into medicine in 1985 by J. W. Costerton. During the following decades, the number of published biofilm articles and methods for studying biofilms increased rapidly and it was shown that adhering and nonadhering biofilm infections are widespread in medicine. The medical importance of biofilm infections is now generally accepted and guidelines for prophylaxis, diagnosis, and treatment have been published.

KW - Animals

KW - Biofilms

KW - Cystic Fibrosis

KW - History, 17th Century

KW - History, 18th Century

KW - History, 19th Century

KW - History, 20th Century

KW - History, 21st Century

KW - Humans

KW - Microbiology

KW - Pseudomonas Infections

KW - Pseudomonas aeruginosa

KW - Historical Article

KW - Journal Article

KW - Review

U2 - 10.1111/apm.12686

DO - 10.1111/apm.12686

M3 - Review

VL - 125

SP - 272

EP - 275

JO - Acta pathologica et microbiologica Scandinavica

JF - Acta pathologica et microbiologica Scandinavica

SN - 0365-5555

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ER -

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