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Int J Nanomedicine. 2011;6:1553-8. doi: 10.2147/IJN.S21729. Epub 2011 Jul 29.

Selenium nanoparticles inhibit Staphylococcus aureus growth.

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Physics Department, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.

Abstract

Staphylococcus aureus is a key bacterium commonly found in numerous infections. S. aureus infections are difficult to treat due to their biofilm formation and documented antibiotic resistance. While selenium has been used for a wide range of applications including anticancer applications, the effects of selenium nanoparticles on microorganisms remain largely unknown to date. The objective of this in vitro study was thus to examine the growth of S. aureus in the presence of selenium nanoparticles. Results of this study provided the first evidence of strongly inhibited growth of S. aureus in the presence of selenium nanoparticles after 3, 4, and 5 hours at 7.8, 15.5, and 31 μg/mL. The percentage of live bacteria also decreased in the presence of selenium nanoparticles. Therefore, this study suggests that selenium nanoparticles may be used to effectively prevent and treat S. aureus infections and thus should be further studied for such applications.

KEYWORDS:

S. aureus; antibacterial; infection

PMID:
21845045
PMCID:
PMC3152473
DOI:
10.2147/IJN.S21729
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