Role of bacterial cell surface structures in Escherichia coli biofilm formation

Res Microbiol. Jun-Jul 2005;156(5-6):626-33. doi: 10.1016/j.resmic.2005.02.005. Epub 2005 Mar 22.


Various cell surface molecules and structures have been implicated in biofilm formation in Escherichia coli. This review presents an overview of the occurrence, production and interaction of these components, their influence at one or more developmental stages of biofilm formation, and their potential role as virulence factors in pathogenic E. coli strains.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biofilms / growth & development
  • Carrier Proteins / physiology
  • Cell Surface Extensions / physiology*
  • Escherichia coli / chemistry
  • Escherichia coli / physiology*
  • Escherichia coli / ultrastructure*
  • Escherichia coli Proteins / physiology*
  • Fimbriae, Bacterial / physiology
  • Flagella / physiology
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Escherichia coli Proteins
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial