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TitleSynergistic antimicrobial interaction of honey and bacteriophage in Escherichia coli biofilms
Author(s)Ribeiro, Henrique
Oliveira, Ana Cristina Afonso
Silva, Ana Catarina Ramos Lopes
Silva, Maria Daniela
Rodrigues, Célia Fortuna
Melo, Luís Daniel Rodrigues
Henriques, Ana Filipa
Sillankorva, Sanna
E. coli
Issue dateMay-2017
CitationRibeiro, Henrique; Oliveira, A.; Silva, A.; Silva, Maria Daniela; Rodrigues, Célia F.; Melo, Luís D. R.; Henriques, Ana Filipa; Sillankorva, Sanna, Synergistic antimicrobial interaction of honey and bacteriophage in Escherichia coli biofilms. I Simpósio de Bioquímica Aplicada. Braga, Portugal, 31 May, 652757, 2017.
Abstract(s)Wound colonization by biofilms-forming bacteria is one of the main obstacles to the treatment of chronic wounds, causing a number of biological and financial problems. Biofilms are structured communities of bacterial cells enclosed in a self-produced polymeric matrix, adhered to inert or living surfaces, blocking antibiotics and patients immune cells from reaching bacteria. Bacterio(phages), viruses infecting exclusively bacteria, and honey are being considered as valuable alternatives to treat a variety of infections (Table 1). Phages are harmless to mammalian cells, specific for target bacteria therefore not affecting commensal microflora, have the ability to selfreplicate as long as the host is present, and are effective against antibiotic resistant bacteria. Honey is a complex substance with broad spectrum antimicrobial activity, essentially attributed to the high sugar content, low pH, the presence of hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal that reacts with important biological molecules (RNA, DNA and proteins). Honey had yet the potential to promote tissue regeneration, cicatrization, decrease inflammation, improving wound healing. In this work the combination of those two antimicrobial agents was considered in the control E. coli biofilms.
DescriptionI Simpósio de Bioquímica Aplicada
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