Antimicrobial activity of ruthenium-based intercalators


Bolhuis, A., Hand, L., Marshall, J. E., Richards, A. D., Rodger, A. and Aldrich-Wright, J., 2011. Antimicrobial activity of ruthenium-based intercalators. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 42 (4), pp. 313-317.

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    Multidrug resistance of bacterial pathogens is a major problem and there is a clear need for the development of new types of antibiotics. Here we investigated the antimicrobial activity of ruthenium(II) based DNA-intercalating complexes. These complexes were found to have no activity in vitro against the Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coil, but the complexes were clearly active against the Gram-positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus. In vivo activity has also been demonstrated for one of the compounds using a simple infection model, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Importantly, this also showed that the compound tested was not toxic to the nematodes.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsBolhuis, A., Hand, L., Marshall, J. E., Richards, A. D., Rodger, A. and Aldrich-Wright, J.
    Uncontrolled Keywordsmethicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus,dna intercalator,caenorhabditis elegans,ruthenium complexes,antimicrobial agents
    DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Pharmacy & Pharmacology
    ID Code23480


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