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Author(s): Ana Meireles
Anabela Borges
Efstathios Giaouris
Manuel Simões
Title: The current knowledge on the application of anti-biofilm enzymes in the food industry
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: Biofilms are encountered on nearly all wet surfaces, with their development being often unwanted due to the serious problems they can cause in different fields, including in the food sector. They are recognized as the preferential microbial lifestyle due to the numerous advantages for the embedded cells. Biofilm cells are highly resistant to stress conditions, particularly to antimicrobials, as their complex and compact structure hampers the penetration of antimicrobials and the access to the deep positioned cells. The increased resistance to the currently employed control strategies emphasizes the urgent need of new alternative and/or complementary eradication approaches. To this direction, the use of enzymes is an interesting alternative anti-biofilm approach due to their capability to degrade crucial components of the biofilm matrix, cause cell lysis, promote biofilm disruption and interrupt the cell-to-cell signaling events governing biofilm formation and maintenance. This review provides an overview of the enzymes used for biofilm control, their targets and examples of effective applications.
Subject: Ciências da Saúde, Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias
Health sciences, Engineering and technology
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias
Engineering and technology
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projetos Estratégicos/UID/EQU/00511/2013 - POCI-01-0145-FEDER-006939/Laboratório de Engenharia de Processos, Ambiente, Biotecnologia e Energia/LEPABE
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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