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Molecules 2013, 18(12), 14989-14999; doi:10.3390/molecules181214989
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Effects of Aronia melanocarpa Constituents on Biofilm Formation of Escherichia coli and Bacillus cereus

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Received: 8 October 2013 / Revised: 30 November 2013 / Accepted: 2 December 2013 / Published: 5 December 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Metabolites)
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Abstract

Many bacteria growing on surfaces form biofilms. Adaptive and genetic changes of the microorganisms in this structure make them resistant to antimicrobial agents. Biofilm-forming organisms on medical devices can pose serious threats to human health. Thus, there is a need for novel prevention and treatment strategies. This study aimed to evaluate the ability of Aronia melanocarpa extracts, subfractions and compounds to prevent biofilm formation and to inhibit bacterial growth of Escherichia coli and Bacillus cereus in vitro. It was found that several aronia substances possessed anti-biofilm activity, however, they were not toxic to the species screened. This non-toxic inhibition may confer a lower potential for resistance development compared to conventional antimicrobials.
Keywords: Aronia melanocarpa; biofilm formation; Escherichia coli; Bacillus cereus; flavonoids Aronia melanocarpa; biofilm formation; Escherichia coli; Bacillus cereus; flavonoids
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Bräunlich, M.; Økstad, O.A.; Slimestad, R.; Wangensteen, H.; Malterud, K.E.; Barsett, H. Effects of Aronia melanocarpa Constituents on Biofilm Formation of Escherichia coli and Bacillus cereus. Molecules 2013, 18, 14989-14999.

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