Nanoscale forces at the heart of staphylococcus infections

Journal Article

Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most frequently isolated bacteria from infected medical implants. S. aureus has the capacity to adhere to the surface of an implant where it forms a biofilm. We used atomic force microscopy to probe binding forces between a fibronectin-coated tip and isolates of S. aureus, which were obtained from either patients with infected prostheses or healthy humans. A unique force-signature was observed for binding events between the tip and the cells. There is a strong distinction (p=O.01) in the binding force- signature observed for S. aureus isolated from the infected vs. healthy populations. This observation suggests a fundamental correlation between nanometer scale binding forces and the clinical outcome of patients with implanted medical devices. © 2008 Materials Research Society.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yongsunthon, R; Vellano, FP; Lower, BH; Fowler, VG; Alexander, E; Lower, SK

Published Date

  • December 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1025 /

Start / End Page

  • 34 - 39

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0272-9172

Citation Source

  • Scopus