Comparative performance of a panel of commercially available antimicrobial nanocoatings in Europe

Background Bacterial resistance against the classic antibiotics is posing an increasing challenge for the prevention and treatment of infections in health care environments. The introduction of antimicrobial nanocoatings with active ingredients provides alternative measures for active killing of microorganisms, through

Mechanism of copper surface toxicity in Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella involves immediate membrane depolarisation followed by slower rate of DNA destruction which differs from that observed for Gram-positive bacteria

We have reported previously that copper I and II ionic species, and superoxide but not Fenton reaction generated hydroxyl radicals, are important in the killing mechanism of pathogenic enterococci on copper surfaces. In this new work we determined if the

Minimum information about a biofilm experiment (MIABiE): standards for reporting experiments and data on sessile microbial communities living at interfaces

The minimum information about a biofilm experiment (MIABiE) initiative has arisen from the need to find an adequate and scientifically sound way to control the quality of the documentation accompanying the public deposition of biofilm-related data, particularly those obtained using

A new way to find dielectric properties of liquid sample using the quartz crystal resonator (QCR)

The main objective of this article is to demonstrate by performing experimental measurements how the equivalent capacitance C0 changes when a fluid sample such as water is in contact with the crystal and to relate this change with the relative

Screening and characterization of surface-tethered cationic peptides for antimicrobial activity.

There is an urgent need to coat the surfaces of medical devices, including implants, with antimicrobial agents to reduce the risk of infection. A peptide array technology was modified to permit the screening of short peptides for antimicrobial activity while

Efficacy Assessment of Treated Articles: A guidance

This report provides guidance how to test efficacy of articles or material treated with biocides. There are two major groups: The first where the treatment is intended to protect the article itself. To prove efficacy, the material/article has to be

Phenotypic and molecular characterisation of multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serovar Hadar in Greece, from 2007 to 2010

All 120 strains of Salmonella enterica serovar Hadar isolated during 2007–2010 in Greece were characterized by phenotypic and molecular methods. High rates of resistance to nalidixic acid (92%) and low levels of ciprofloxacin resistance (88%) were observed. Pulsenet-pulsed field gel