A mechanistic study of the antibacterial effect of silver ions on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.

@article{Feng2000AMS,
  title={A mechanistic study of the antibacterial effect of silver ions on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.},
  author={Qing-ling Feng and Jing-ran Wu and Guangping Chen and Fu Zhai Cui and Tyson N. Kim and Jeong O. Kim},
  journal={Journal of biomedical materials research},
  year={2000},
  volume={52 4},
  pages={
          662-8
        }
}
To investigate the mechanism of inhibition of silver ions on microorganisms, two strains of bacteria, namely Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), were treated with AgNO(3) and studied using combined electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis. Similar morphological changes occurred in both E. coli and S. aureus cells after Ag(+) treatment. The cytoplasm membrane detached from the cell wall. A remarkable electron-light region appeared in… CONTINUE READING
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