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TitleExtraction of exopolymers from biofilms: the protective effect of glutaraldehyde
Author(s)Azeredo, Joana
Henriques, Mariana
Sillankorva, Sanna
Oliveira, Rosário
Extraction methods
Cell lysis
Issue date2003
PublisherIWA Publishing
JournalWater Science and Technology
CitationINTERNATIONAL SPECIALISED CONFERENCE ON BIOFILM MONITORING, Porto, 2002 - "International Specialised Conference on Biofilm Monitoring, I.W.A". [S.l. : s.n.], 2003. p.95-97.
Abstract(s)The extraction of the exopolymeric matrix is a prerequisite to properly study the composition of the biofilm. Several extraction methods were already developed, however no universal method has yet been adopted because the compromise between high yields of extraction and minimum cell lysis is difficult to establish. In fact, most of the extraction methods promote leakage of intracellular material. The most common extraction methods, Dowex resin and sonication, where assayed in biofilms of Pseudomonas fluorescens and Alcaligenes denitrificans submitted to a pre-treatment with glutaraldehyde (GTA). The assessment of ATP released after extraction was used as a criterion of cell lysis. The results showed that GTA is a protective agent against cell lysis. The pre-treatment with GTA is particularly useful combined with sonication.
TypeConference paper
AccessOpen access
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