Visualization of Aspergillus fumigatus biofilms with Scanning Electron Microscopy and Variable Pressure-Scanning Electron Microscopy: A comparison of processing techniques


Joubert L., Ferreira J. A. G. , Stevens D. A. , Nazik H. , Cegelski L.

JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGICAL METHODS, cilt.132, ss.46-55, 2017 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 132
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.mimet.2016.11.002
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGICAL METHODS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.46-55

Özet

Aspergillus fumigatus biofilms consist of a three-dimensional network of cellular hyphae and extracellular matrix. They are involved in infections of immune-compromised individuals, particularly those with cystic fibrosis. These structures are associated with persistence of infection, resistance to host immunity, and antimicrobial resistance. Thorough understanding of structure and function is imperative in the design of therapeutic drugs. Optimization of processing parameters, including aldehyde fixation, heavy metal contrasting, drying techniques and Ionic Liquid treatment, was undertaken for an ultrastructural approach to understand cellular and extracellular biofilm components. Conventional and Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscopy were applied to analyze the structure of biofilms attached to plastic and formed at an air-liquid interface. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.