Innate immune response in implant-associated infections: Neutrophils against Biofilms

Ulrike Dapunt, Gertrud Maria Hänsch, Carla Renata Arciola

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Abstract

Biofilm has been recognized as a well-protected form of living for bacteria, contributing to bacterial pathogenicity, particularly for opportunistic species. Biofilm-associated infections are marked by their persistence. Extensive research has been devoted to the formation and composition of biofilms. The immune response against biofilms remains rather unexplored, but there is the notion that bacteria within a biofilm are protected from host defences. Here we glance at the mechanisms by which neutrophils recognize and face biofilms in implant infections and discuss the implications of this interplay, as well as speculate on its significance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number387
JournalMaterials
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Biofilm
  • GroEL
  • Implant infections
  • Innate immune response
  • Neutrophils
  • Orthopedics
  • Staphylococcus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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