Seaweed Antimicrobial Wound Dressing

Project Details

Description

Seaweed is known to contain many bioactive compounds that are beneficial to human health. Research at SETU have identified compound(s) in seaweed with potent antimicrobial properties against recent antibiotic-resistant pathogens such as linezolid-resistant Staphylococcus. In addition to that, the compounds have better antimicrobial activity than silver and honey, are non-toxic to skin cells, have good anti-inflammatory effect, wound healing capability making it a good candidate in wound dressing.

Layman's description

Antibiotic-resistance is an ongoing problem globally with some bacteria having already developed resistance to the last line of antibiotics. Research in SETU have identified some bioactive compounds from seaweed that have showed potent antimicrobial activity against a number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA and the recent linezolid-resistant bacteria. In addition to this, the compound is found to have good properties and stability, making them a good candidate for wound dressing applications.

Key findings

Identified a number of bioactive compounds from seaweed with potent antimicrobial properties against current-relevant antibiotic-resistant microorganisms. The compound(s) is also shown to be non-toxic to skin cells, have anti-inflammatory effect, anti-biofilm properties and wound healing properties.

AcronymSAWD
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date01/01/201530/04/2016

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