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Lett Appl Microbiol. 1998 May;26(5):355-8.

Tea tree oil causes K+ leakage and inhibits respiration in Escherichia coli.

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Centre for Biostructural and Biomolecular Research, University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia.


Concentrations of tea tree oil (TTO) which inhibit or decrease growth of Escherichia coli also inhibit glucose-dependent respiration and stimulate the leakage of intracellular K+. Stationary phase cells are more tolerant to these TTO effects than exponential phase cells.

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