© 2011

Bacterial Adhesion

Chemistry, Biology and Physics

  • Dirk Linke
  • Adrian Goldman
  • Includes methods from such diverse fields as microbiology, structural biology, biophysics and biochemistry

  • Has additional color figures in the online (PDF) version

  • Displays the principles of bacterial adhesion over a broad range of medically relevant species

  • Provides a broad overview of adhesion from multiple perspectives, ranging from biophysics to medical applications

  • Useful for clinical researchers who want to gain a broad understanding of the science behind nosocomial infections


Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 715)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jack C. Leo, Mikael Skurnik
    Pages 1-15
  3. Carolin Wagner, Michael Hensel
    Pages 17-34
  4. Styliani Antonara, Laura Ristow, Jenifer Coburn
    Pages 35-49
  5. Fiona O’Rourke, Thomas Schmidgen, Patrick O. Kaiser, Dirk Linke, Volkhard A.J. Kempf
    Pages 51-70
  6. Nadia Mhedbi-Hajri, Marie-Agnès Jacques, Ralf Koebnik
    Pages 71-89
  7. Elizabeth A. Rogers, Asis Das, Hung Ton-That
    Pages 91-103
  8. Christine Heilmann
    Pages 105-123
  9. Andrzej Łyskowski, Jack C. Leo, Adrian Goldman
    Pages 143-158
  10. Sebastian Geibel, Gabriel Waksman
    Pages 159-174
  11. Vengadesan Krishnan, Sthanam V.L. Narayana
    Pages 175-195
  12. Kateryna Bazaka, Russell J. Crawford, Evgeny L. Nazarenko, Elena P. Ivanova
    Pages 213-226
  13. Roland J. Pieters
    Pages 227-240
  14. Iwan Grin, Heinz Schwarz, Dirk Linke
    Pages 257-269
  15. Ferlenghi Ilaria, Fabiola Giusti
    Pages 271-284
  16. Ove Axner, Magnus Andersson, Oscar Björnham, Mickaël Castelain, Jeanna Klinth, Efstratios Koutris et al.
    Pages 301-313

About this book


Adhesion plays a major role in the bacterial lifestyle. Bacteria can adhere to organic and inorganic surfaces, to each other, and of course to host cells during pathogenesis.

The focus of this book is: how are such adhesion phenomena best studied? Microbial genetics experiments have greatly enhanced our knowledge of what bacterial factors are involved in adhesion. For numerous reasons, though, biochemical and structural biology knowledge of the molecular interactions involved in adhesion are limited. One major problem has been a lack of interdisciplinary research and understanding in the field. On the one hand, the microbiologists lack detailed knowledge of the biophysical possibilities and have limited access to the frequently expensive instrumentation involved while on the other hand, the experts in these methods frequently do not have access to the biological materials, nor do they necessarily understand the biological questions to be answered. The purpose of this book is thus to overcome this gap in communication between researchers in biology, chemistry and physics and to display the many ways and means to investigate bacterial adhesion. We hope to stimulate new and ground-breaking research.


Bacterial Adhesion Biophysics Infectious Disease Microbiology Structural Biology Protein Structure

Editors and affiliations

  • Dirk Linke
    • 1
  • Adrian Goldman
    • 2
  1. 1., Department I, Protein EvolutionMax-Planck Institute for Developmental BTübingenGermany
  2. 2., Institute of BiotechnologyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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