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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Bacteria Most Sticky Glue Maker on Earth

There are many products adhesives produced a variety of manufacturers in several countries. But did you know that all man-made gluten is not nothing compared to bacterial production of glue?
The tiny water bacterium Caulobacter crescentus secretes a sugary substance so sticky that just a tiny bit could hold several cars together. (Picture from: http://www.livescience.com/)
Recent research suggests that the freshwater bacteria Caulobacter crescentus dropping such a very sticky substance made from sugar. I was so sticky, glue production of bacteria are able to withstand the pull of several cars at once.

"With the strength of glue almost 5 tons per square inch, this adaiah 'glue' in the strongest winds," said one researcher from Indiana University, USA.

During this man-made super glue is used in a very careful and meticulous. Inappropriate use just a little late to the target and will make super glue strength is reduced, even lost.

Yet somehow these conditions do not apply to the glue production of freshwater bacteria. Adhesives typically resulting bacteria are able to work on time and right place, so its use is more effective and efficient.

Effectiveness of the adhesion of glue to be crucial to Caulobacter crescentus as it pertains to the physical improvement of bacteria or when bacteria form a complex community. Difficult to cure diseases caused by bacterial infection is also due to the production of adhesive substances. To find out bacteria adhesion, a team of researchers from Indiana University and Brown University using high-resolution video microscopy. Gluten production begins when bacteria attach to the surface by using the back of the body's own cells that have flagella (whip hair kind) as the propeller.

When bacteria come into contact with surface water, the flagella will stop moving with the help of tiny hairs called fill. Immediate cessation of motion of the flagella of this substance stimulates the production of adhesive to glue the body to work directly with the bacterial surface.

The researchers also showed that the adhesion to the surface water body is found in two other bacterial species. Because the production process gluten is found in more than one species of bacteria, the researchers began to think how to use it to cure bacterial infections. *** [LIVESCIENCE | MAHARDIKA SATRIA HADI | KORAN TEMPO 3793]
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