Alkalization is responsible for antibacterial effects of corroding magnesium.

@article{Rahim2015AlkalizationIR,
  title={Alkalization is responsible for antibacterial effects of corroding magnesium.},
  author={Muhammad Imran Rahim and Rainer Eifler and Bushra Rais and Peter P. M{\"u}ller},
  journal={Journal of biomedical materials research. Part A},
  year={2015},
  volume={103 11},
  pages={3526-32}
}
Magnesium alloys are presently investigated as potential medical implant materials for temporary applications. Magnesium has been reported to have antibacterial activities and could therefore be used to prevent antibiotic treatment-resistant bacterial implant infections. For characterizing the effects of magnesium on infectious bacteria, bioluminescent S. aureus or P. aeruginosa were employed. The proliferation of both types of bacteria was suppressed in the presence of metallic magnesium and… CONTINUE READING
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