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FERNÁNDEZ-DELGADO, Milagro ; ROJAS, Héctor ; DUQUE, Zoilabet ; SUÁREZ, Paula ; CONTRERAS, Monica ; GARCÍA-AMADO, M. Alexandra ; ALCIATURI, Carlos (2016)
  • Publisher: Instituto de Medicina Tropical
  • Journal: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo, volume 58 (issn: 0036-4665, eissn: 1678-9946)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC4880004, doi: 10.1590/S1678-9946201658047
  • Subject: RC955-962 | Vibrio cholerae | Stainless steel | Brief Communication | Environmental scanning electron microscopy | Arctic medicine. Tropical medicine | Biofilms | Food processing

Vibrio cholerae represents a significant threat to human health in developing countries. This pathogen forms biofilms which favors its attachment to surfaces and its survival and transmission by water or food. This work evaluated the in vitro biofilm formation of V. cholerae isolated from clinical and environmental sources on stainless steel of the type used in food processing by using the environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM). Results showed no cell adhesion at 4 h and scarce surface colonization at 24 h. Biofilms from the environmental strain were observed at 48 h with high cellular aggregations embedded in Vibrio exopolysaccharide (VPS), while less confluence and VPS production with microcolonies of elongated cells were observed in biofilms produced by the clinical strain. At 96 h the biofilms of the environmental strain were released from the surface leaving coccoid cells and residual structures, whereas biofilms of the clinical strain formed highly organized structures such as channels, mushroom-like and pillars. This is the first study that has shown the in vitro ability of V. cholerae to colonize and form biofilms on stainless steel used in food processing.