Special Issue "Isolation and Utilization of Essential Oils: As Antimicrobials and Boosters of Antimicrobial Drug Activity"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.
Interests: My research interest is phytochemical analysis of plant extracts and dietary supplements. Recently, I have focused on isolation and utilization of components of essential oils as antimicrobials and boosters of antimicrobial drugs activity. The liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry analysis of bacterial metabolites produced under stress conditions is also in my interest.
Interests: pharmacognosy; natural products chemistry; essential oils; antimicrobials
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In the search for new antimicrobial lead structures, interest in natural product-based screening has enjoyed a renaissance, driven by the fact that plants present a unique pool of compounds. Volatiles produced by plants and present in essential oils possess a broad spectrum of biological properties with applications in many revenue-generating sectors, such as the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetic, perfume, agronomy, and sanitary industries. Essential oils are a complex blend of small volatile molecules which play an important role in plant-defensive response to various insults, including microbial attacks, and their broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities have generated impressive scientific reports. Further, due to their multicomponent nature, essential oils have low potential for the development of microbial resistance. New antimicrobial combination drugs which include natural products have recently become a research priority. Synergistic interactions between essential oil constituents and antimicrobials are very promising approaches to overcome microbial resistance. The combinations of essential oil constituents and antimicrobial drugs can exert a multitarget activity, being effective in reducing or reversing microbial resistance. Additionally, such combinations have the advantage of reduced effective doses of both antimicrobial and essential oils, being consequently less toxic than their components. The encapsulation of essential oils in nano- and microdelivery systems (molecular inclusion complexes, polymeric and colloidal systems) is another promising antimicrobial strategy that is currently being extensively investigated. Formulation of essential oils is an efficient approach to boost their antimicrobial activity against different pathogens and also allows overcoming some limitations due to their physicochemical properties, such as low water solubility, high volatility, and chemical instability.
This Special Issue on “Isolation and Utilization of Essential Oils: As Antimicrobials and Boosters of Antimicrobial Drugs Activity” aims to curate novel advances in the development and application of essential oils as antimicrobial agents via combinatorial and nano-based approaches.
Topics include but are not limited to:
- The use of essential oils to prevent the emergence of antimicrobial resistance, to enhance the efficacy, and to minimize potential side effects of antimicrobial drugs;
- Combination therapy associating conventional antimicrobial drugs and essential oil constituents as a promising strategy in overcoming antimicrobial resistance;
- The mechanisms underlying antimicrobial enhancing or antimicrobial resistance reversal effects of essential oils constituents;
- Small-scale formulations as an efficient approach to improve solubility, stability, and to provide controlled-release delivery of essential oils and to boost their antimicrobial activity against different pathogens;
- Antimicrobial activity of drug delivery systems encapsulating essential oil compounds, with emphasis on their preparation methods and characteristics, benefits, mechanisms of action, and biocompatibility issues.
Dr. Elwira Sieniawska
Prof. Greige-Gerges Helene
Dr. Adriana Trifan
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- essential oils
- delivery systems
- microbial resistance
- small-scale formulations
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Combination therapy involving Lavandula angustifolia and its derivatives in exhibiting antimicrobial properties: Current challenges and future prospects
Authors: Wye-Hong Leong; Kok-Song Lai; Swee-Hua Erin Lim
Affiliation: Perdana University- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, School of Medicine, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Abu Dhabi Women’s College, Higher Colleges of Technology, 41012 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abstract: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been identified as one of the biggest health threats in the world. Current therapeutic options for common infections are markedly limited due to the emergence of multidrug resistant pathogens in the community and the hospitals. The role of different essential oils and their derivatives in exhibiting antimicrobial properties has been widely elucidated with their respective mechanisms of action. Recently, there has been a heightened emphasis on lavender oil’s antimicrobial properties and wound healing effects. However, to date, there has been no review published examining the antimicrobial benefits of lavender oil, specifically. Several literature has shown that lavender essential oil and its constituents act synergistically with and different antimicrobial agents to enhance the antimicrobial activity. For the past decade, encapsulation of essential oils with nanoparticles has been widely practised due to increased antimicrobial effects and greater bioavailability as compared to non-encapsulated oils. Therefore, this review intends to provide an insight of the different aspects of antimicrobial activity exhibited by lavender oil and its constituents, synergistic effects displayed by combination therapy involving lavender oil, significance of nano-encapsulation in boosting the antimicrobial effects of lavender oil; where the integration of these knowledge will be pertinent in combating AMR.
Title: Degradation of the biofilm of non-tuberculous mycobacteria formed on stainless steel under the influence of immortelle and pine essential oils
Authors: DOLORES PERUČ