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Hiding the attachment region of bacteria

Jaime Finguerut JAIME at azul.ctc.com.br
Tue Jul 20 10:06:22 EST 1999

Dear Friends:
I was reading the messages of the denture biofilms and I decided to 
ask you a, perhaps, too generic question. 
I would like to know if there is a way to prevent the formation of 
biofilms (specially in the bucal cavity) hiding or saturating the 
attachment area of the bacteria. 
I read some messages about the use of polymeric material as coatings 
but my question would be also related to substances that mimic the 
way the bacteria use to attach (pili, lectins, adhesins, etc) that we 
can use, before the bacteria began making the biofilm. 
In a certain way antibodies do this job, but they are produced by the 
human host and not added. 
Do you know any references about this kind of strategy ? 
Is it feasible, I mean looking for a similar way the bacteria attach 
and using it to prevent the attachment? 
I thank you in advance for your kind help.
Best Regards

Jaime Finguerut (Mr., chem.eng.) 
Cx.Postal 162 Piracicaba 
Sao Paulo BRAZIL 13400-970 
fax +55 19 429 8109 
jaime at azul.ctc.com.br

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