Diana J. Mason

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Ninety-eight percent of the cells in a population of Escherichia coli in log-phase growth lost colony-forming ability after being exposed for 3 h to the quinolone antibiotic ciprofloxacin at four times the MIC in nutrient broth, a concentration easily reached in vivo. Flow cytometric analysis, however, demonstrated that only 68% of this bacterial population(More)
The mechanisms by which quinolones rapidly kill are ill defined. We have investigated the action of ciprofloxacin on Escherichia coli KL16 with a combination of traditional and flow cytometric methods and have analyzed cells for changes in membrane potential, membrane integrity, oxidative metabolism, morphology, and viability. Log-phase cultures were(More)
Lactoferricin includes an 11-amino-acid amphipathic alpha-helical region which is exhibited on the outer surface of the amino-terminal lobe of lactoferrin. Synthetic peptides homologous to this region exhibited potent antibacterial activity against a selected range of both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. An analog synthesized with methionine(More)
CAP18 is a cationic antimicrobial protein originally isolated from rabbit neutrophils, of which a 32-mer sequence from its C-terminal and (CAP18(106-137)) has been found to be the most active. The bactericidal action of this peptide has been characterized by conventional culture techniques and flow cytometry. Cultures of Escherichia coli NCTC10418 were(More)
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