Application of an empirically derived growth curve model to characterize Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm development on silicone elastomer

C. J. Holmes*, R. C. Evans, E. Vonesh

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Abstract

An in vitro model permitting the development of a staphylococcal biofilm on silicone elastomer is described. Biofilm was determined over time by viable cell quantitation for S. epidermidis strains 8-14B, RP62 and SP2. The log10 viable count data were analysed empirically as a function of time using a negative exponential growth curve model. Although initial colonization and biofilm 72 h cell density of silicone was significantly higher for strain RP62 than SP2, biofilm growth rates did not differ. Strain 8-14B demonstrated a faster biofilm growth rate for the initial 24 h than did RP62 or SP2. The statistical model described was sensitive enough to detect strain differences in biofilm development on silicone elastomer and can be further employed to evaluate the ability of selected biomaterials to retard biofilm development, and the ability of various antimicrobial agents to influence biofilm microbe development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-629
Number of pages5
JournalBiomaterials
Volume10
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1989

Keywords

  • Bacteria
  • colonization
  • siSicones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biophysics
  • Biomaterials
  • Mechanics of Materials

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