Plant Secondary Metabolite-Derived Polymers: A Potential Approach to Develop Antimicrobial Films
AbstractThe persistent issue of bacterial and fungal colonization of artificial implantable materials and the decreasing efficacy of conventional systemic antibiotics used to treat implant-associated infections has led to the development of a wide range of antifouling and antibacterial strategies. This article reviews one such strategy where inherently biologically active renewable resources, i.e., plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) and their naturally occurring combinations (i.e., essential oils) are used for surface functionalization and synthesis of polymer thin films. With a distinct mode of antibacterial activity, broad spectrum of action, and diversity of available chemistries, plant secondary metabolites present an attractive alternative to conventional antibiotics. However, their conversion from liquid to solid phase without a significant loss of activity is not trivial. Using selected examples, this article shows how plasma techniques provide a sufficiently flexible and chemically reactive environment to enable the synthesis of biologically-active polymer coatings from volatile renewable resources. View Full-Text
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Al-Jumaili, A.; Kumar, A.; Bazaka, K.; Jacob, M.V. Plant Secondary Metabolite-Derived Polymers: A Potential Approach to Develop Antimicrobial Films. Polymers 2018, 10, 515.
Al-Jumaili A, Kumar A, Bazaka K, Jacob MV. Plant Secondary Metabolite-Derived Polymers: A Potential Approach to Develop Antimicrobial Films. Polymers. 2018; 10(5):515.Chicago/Turabian Style
Al-Jumaili, Ahmed; Kumar, Avishek; Bazaka, Kateryna; Jacob, Mohan V. 2018. "Plant Secondary Metabolite-Derived Polymers: A Potential Approach to Develop Antimicrobial Films." Polymers 10, no. 5: 515.
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