270 – Lyme Biofilms
Excerpted from the AssociatedContent from Yahoo (02/01/2011)
What are Biofilms? A biofilm is a multicellular colony of microorganisms and extracellular (outside of the cell) materials that stick to one another or a surface. In some camps, biofilms are referred to as ” slime .” ( If you have ever left carrots in your refrigerator too long, you will encounter a slimy film on their surface. This is biofilm.)
Biofilms act like an intelligent community of pathogens, and embedded pathogens appear to have a signaling communication system. The pathogens aggregate together, then signal one another to secrete the sticky, protective matrix and express proteins. As biofilms stick to the tissue, inflammation and tissue damage occur.
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