Antibacterial activities of natural minerals and alternative treatment for infections

Project: Research project

Description

Through the use of antimicrobial susceptibility testing, we have established that certain clay minerals kill or inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria. In an era when few new antibiotics are being discovered, we are investigating natural nanominerals as a potential source of alternative therapeutic agents. Using microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and medical/clinical approaches, we seek to determine the susceptibility patterns of bacterial pathogens to these antibacterial minerals, validate the use of specific minerals for the treatment of topical skin infections, and understand the bactericidal mechanism of action.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date4/1/093/31/15

Funding

  • HHS: National Institutes of Health (NIH): $1,649,759.00

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Minerals
Infection
Microbiology
Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Bacteria
Skin
Growth
Therapeutics
clay