Saturday, 3 August 2013

Antimicrobial compounds from natural sources

There is an interesting paper by Hayashi et al, titled "Antimicrobial compounds from natural sources" and published by Frontiers. Here the authors present several scientific studies mainly focused on natural products with antimicrobial activity, which are the case of the natural antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and host defense peptides (HDPs).

This discussion includes recent studies on the roles of honey hydrogen peroxide in antimicrobial activity against resistant microbial strains, as well as the use of essential oils for food preservation. The piece also includes a review of different  sources, including plants, terrestrial and sea animals; as well as other sources like coal or lignite, which may provide future antimicrobial compounds candidates.

The article can be viewed online here.

Posted by Tim Sandle