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See detailFunctional nanogels as platforms for imparting antibacterial, antibiofilm, and antiadhesion activities to stainless steel
Faure, Emilie ULg; Falentin, Céline ULg; Svaldo Lanero, Tiziana ULg et al

in Advanced Functional Materials (2012), 22(24), 5271-5282

In this work, long-term antibacterial, antiadhesion, and antibiofilm activities are afforded to industrial stainless steel surfaces following a green and bio-inspired strategy. Starting from catechol ... [more ▼]

In this work, long-term antibacterial, antiadhesion, and antibiofilm activities are afforded to industrial stainless steel surfaces following a green and bio-inspired strategy. Starting from catechol bearing synthetic polymers, the film cross-linking and the grafting of active (bio)molecules are possible under environmentally friendly conditions (in aqueous media and at room temperature). A bio-inspired polyelectrolyte, a polycation-bearing catechol, is used as the film-anchoring polymer while a poly(methacrylamide)-bearing quinone groups serves as the cross-linking agent in combination with a polymer bearing primary amine groups. The amine/quinone reaction is exploited to prepare stable solutions of nanogels in water at room temperature that can be easily deposited to stainless steel. This coating provides quinonefunctionalized surfaces that are then used to covalently anchor active (bio) molecules (antibiofi lm enzyme and antiadhesion polymer) through thiol/ quinone reactions. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular biomimetics applied to medical devices
Van de Weerdt, Cécile ULg; Archembeau, Catherine; Vreuls, Christelle ULg et al

Poster (2012, May 05)

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See detailBiomolecule-based antibacterial coating on a stainless steel surface: multilayer film build-up optimization and stability study.
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg; Vandegaart, Hélène ULg et al

in Biofouling (2012), 28(4), 395-404

The goal of this paper was to establish the durability profile of antibacterial multilayer thin films under storage and usage conditions. Thin films were built on stainless steel (SS) by means of a layer ... [more ▼]

The goal of this paper was to establish the durability profile of antibacterial multilayer thin films under storage and usage conditions. Thin films were built on stainless steel (SS) by means of a layer-by-layer process alternating a negatively charged polyelectrolyte, polyacrylic acid, with a cationic antibacterial peptide, nisin. SS coupons coated with the antibacterial film were challenged under environmental and usage conditions likely to be encountered in real-world applications. The change in antibacterial activity elicited by the challenge was used as an indicator of multilayer film resistance. Antibacterial SS samples could be stored for several weeks at 4°C in ambient air and antibacterial films were resistant to dipping and mild wiping in water and neutral detergent. The multilayer coating showed some weaknesses, however, that need to be addressed. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular biomimetics applied to medical devices
Van de Weerdt, Cécile ULg; Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Genin, Alexis ULg et al

Poster (2012, April 18)

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See detailGenetically engineered polypeptides as a new tool for inorganic nano-particles separation in water based media
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Genin, Alexis ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2011), 21

The present paper relates a method for the separation of an insoluble inorganic powder out of a mixture of several insoluble powders with different chemical compositions, using genetically engineered ... [more ▼]

The present paper relates a method for the separation of an insoluble inorganic powder out of a mixture of several insoluble powders with different chemical compositions, using genetically engineered inorganic binding peptides (GEPI). GEPI are small peptides that recognize and specifically bind an inorganic solid material. This GEPI is anchored to magnetic beads for easy recovery of the powder of interest from the mixture. [less ▲]

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Van de Weerdt, Cécile ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Charlot, Aurélia et al

Patent (2011)

New polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite material, multilayer film and substrate carrying such polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite and multilayer film wherein the polyelectrolyte copolymer comprises a) a ... [more ▼]

New polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite material, multilayer film and substrate carrying such polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite and multilayer film wherein the polyelectrolyte copolymer comprises a) a first type of identical or different units (A) each comprising one or more dihydroxyphenyl groups such that sidechains are present along the backbone of the polyelectrolyte copolymer which contain at least one dihydroxyphenyl group each; and (b1) a second type of identical or different units (B1) each comprising a cationic moiety, or (b2) a second type of identical or different units (B2) each comprising an anionic moiety. [less ▲]

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Van de Weerdt, Cécile ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Charlot, Aurélia et al

Patent (2011)

New polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite material, multilayer film and substrate carrying such polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite and multilayer film wherein the polyelectrolyte copolymer comprises a) a ... [more ▼]

New polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite material, multilayer film and substrate carrying such polyelectrolyte copolymer, composite and multilayer film wherein the polyelectrolyte copolymer comprises a) a first type of identical or different units (A) each comprising one or more dihydroxyphenyl groups such that sidechains are present along the backbone of the polyelectrolyte copolymer which contain at least one dihydroxyphenyl group each; and (b1) a second type of identical or different units (B1) each comprising a cationic moiety, or (b2) a second type of identical or different units (B2) each comprising an anionic moiety. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevention of bacterial biofilms onto stainless steel substrates by immobilization of antimicrobial and anti-biofilm biomolecules
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg; Faure, Emilie ULg et al

Conference (2011)

Stainless steel is widely used in the daily life in building and food industries as well as in the medical field. However, at long term, bacteria succeed in adhering, proliferating and forming a resistant ... [more ▼]

Stainless steel is widely used in the daily life in building and food industries as well as in the medical field. However, at long term, bacteria succeed in adhering, proliferating and forming a resistant biofilm on stainless steel. Therefore, surface modification is needed providing metal surface with antibacterial, anti-adhesion and easy cleaning properties. Several biomolecules (antimicrobial peptides, antiadhesion biomolecules and anti-biofilm enzymes) were immobilized on stainless steel thanks to different immobilization techniques. In a first approach, cationic peptides have been embedded in a LBL architecture comprising anti-adhesion biomolecules. In a second approach, small inorganic-binding peptides isolated by phage display technology and recognizing specifically the steel surface were used as linker for antimicrobial peptide immobilization. Finally, antibacterial peptides were covalently grafted onto an organic-polymeric interlayer deposited by plasma. Resulting antibacterial, antiadhesion and anti-biofilm properties were characterized and the advantages of each immobilization technique were documented. The biocidal effect of these surfaces was demonstrated against Gram+/- bacteria. Coated stainless steel surfaces led to 95% reduction of S. epidermidis adhesion vs bare substrate. By combining both antibacterial and anti-adhesion biomolecules, we produced stainless steel surfaces with better cleanability. A biofilm-releasing glycoside hydrolase was also immobilized on the surface and showed to confer anti-biofilm properties to stainless steel. Moreover, we provide valuable insight about the resistance of the coating to close to real life cleaning conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailNanocoatings of inorganic surfaces by molecular biomimetic
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Genin, Alexis ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg et al

Poster (2010, June 30)

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See detailA robust antibacterial coating for stainless steel
Faure, Emilie ULg; Charlot, Aurélia; Sciannaméa, Valérie et al

Conference (2010, March 23)

Because of corrosion, chemical resistance, relevant mechanical and esthetical properties, stainless steel is widely used in the daily life, not only in the building industry but also in the food industry ... [more ▼]

Because of corrosion, chemical resistance, relevant mechanical and esthetical properties, stainless steel is widely used in the daily life, not only in the building industry but also in the food industry, the appliances or in the medical field, including implants in orthopedic surgery. However, stainless steel is unable to prevent bacteria from adhering, proliferating and forming a resistant biofilm. Therefore, surface modification is needed for providing the metal surface with antibacterial properties. The scientific literature is very rich in describing various methods for imparting antibacterial properties to different inorganic supports. However, the activity of the coating is generally time limited by the diffusion of the biocide in the environment. Novel robust and stable antibacterial coatings on stainless steel are thus highly desirable for the durability of the functionality. In this communication, we report on an all-in-one approach to prepare robust antimicrobial films on stainless steel using the layer-by-layer deposition of polyelectrolytes. Novel biocidal multilayered polyelectrolyte films in which the polycationic layer is silver loaded and bears 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA), known as a promoter of adhesion to inorganic surfaces, were deposited onto stainless steel. DOPA was incorporated in the polycationic chains by radical copolymerisation of N-methacrylated DOPA with the commercially available quaternary ammonium salt of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA+). Polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) was the polyanionic constituent of the films. In order to boost the antibacterial activity of the polycationic layer, AgNO3 was added to the aqueous solution of P(DOPA)-co-P(DMAEMA+), which resulted in the in-situ formation of silver based nanoparticles (Ag° and AgCl) that are sources of biocial Ag+. The layer-by-layer deposition of aqueous P(DOPA)-co-P(DMAEMA+)/AgCl/Ag0 suspension and aqueous solution of PSS provides stainless steel with high antibacterial activity against Gram-negative E. Coli bacteria. Moreover, after silver depletion, films retain some antimicrobial activity, thanks to the ammonium groups of the copolymer. We will also show how the antibacterial activity of the films can then be easily re-boosted. The multi-functionality of the P(DOPA)-co-P(DMAEMA+) is a key issue in this process (i) the DOPA co-units are anchored to stainless steel, (ii) these co-units reduce partly AgNO3 into Ag0 nanoparticles and stabilize them by chelation, (iii) the chloride counter-anions react with AgNO3 by ionic exchange, leading to the in situ formation of AgCl particles, and (iv) the ammonium groups are responsible for permanent antibacterial activity. Besides the advantage of the all-in-one process, another major advantage of the approach proposed here is the implementation of the whole process of film formation, including the synthesis of P(DOPA)-co-P(DMAEMA+), in aqueous media under very mild conditions. It makes the strategy very attractive for industrial scaling-up and sustainability applications. [less ▲]

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See detailNanocoatings of inorganic surfaces by molecular biomimetic
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Genin, Alexis ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg et al

Poster (2010, March 22)

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See detailInorganic-binding peptides as tools for surface quality control
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg; Genin, Alexis ULg et al

in Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry (2010)

This paper highlights an innovative application of inorganic-binding peptides as quality control tools for detecting defects on inorganic surfaces of any shape. The approach involves attaching a ... [more ▼]

This paper highlights an innovative application of inorganic-binding peptides as quality control tools for detecting defects on inorganic surfaces of any shape. The approach involves attaching a fluorescent label to an inorganic-binding peptide and exploiting the peptide's high binding specificity to detect, by simple fluorescence microscopy, chemical composition defects of microm size and crystallographic state defects. Proof of concept was demonstrated by monitoring binding of a previously isolated ZnO-binding peptide to galvanized steel substrates. The approach was further validated for TiO(2) coatings and stainless steel, with two new, specific inorganic-binding peptides isolated by phage display. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevention of bacterial biofilms by covalent immobilization of peptides onto plasma polymer functionalized substrates
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg; Thierry, Benjamin et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2010), 20

In this study, robust antibacterial coatings were created on stainless steel through the covalent grafting of antibacterial peptides onto an organic-polymeric interlayer deposited by RF-glow discharge ... [more ▼]

In this study, robust antibacterial coatings were created on stainless steel through the covalent grafting of antibacterial peptides onto an organic-polymeric interlayer deposited by RF-glow discharge plasma. X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to characterize and optimize the two steps of the coating process. The biocidal activity of these surfaces was demonstrated against both Gram+ and Gram- bacteria using ISO tests. 3 to 6 log10 reductions of both Gram+ and Gram- bacterial strains were obtained compared to uncoated stainless steel and depending on the particular antibacterial peptide immobilized. Importantly the antibacterial surfaces were resistant to several cleaning conditions. The latter is significant as the stability of such antibacterial surfaces in close to real life conditions is a major concern and leaching, de-lamination, rearrangement and ageing of the coating can lead to insufficient long term biofilm resistance of the surface. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomolecules in multilayer film for antimicrobial and easy-cleaning stainless steel surface applications
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg; Garitte, Geoffrey ULg et al

in Biofouling (2010), 26(6), 645-656

Microorganisms are able to attach to, grow on, and ultimately form biofilms on a large variety of surfaces, such as industrial equipment, food contact surfaces, medical implants, prostheses and operating ... [more ▼]

Microorganisms are able to attach to, grow on, and ultimately form biofilms on a large variety of surfaces, such as industrial equipment, food contact surfaces, medical implants, prostheses and operating rooms. Once organized into biofilms, bacteria are difficult to remove and kill, which increases the risk of cross-contamination and infection. One way to address the problem may thus be to develop antibacterial, anti-adhesion, ‘easy cleaning’ surfaces. In this study, stainless steel (SS) surfaces with antibacterial properties were created by embedding several antimicrobial peptides in a multilayer film architecture. The biocidal effect of these surfaces was demonstrated against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria according to two ISO tests. Also, coating SS surfaces with either mucin or heparin led to a reduction of <i>S. epidermidis</i> adhesion of almost 95% <i>vs</i> the bare substratum. Finally, by combining both antibacterial and anti-adhesion biomolecules in the same multilayer film, SS surfaces with better cleanability were produced. This surface coating property may help to delay the buildup of a dead bacterial layer which is known to progressively reduce exposure of the coating, leading to an undesirable decrease in the antibacterial effect of the surface. [less ▲]

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Van de Weerdt, Cécile ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Charlot, Aurelia et al

Patent (2009)

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See detailNanocoatings of inorganic surfaces by the layer by layer (LbL) technology
Faure, Emilie ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg; Lenoir, Sandrine et al

Poster (2009, April 02)

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