Volume 93 Issue 18 | p. 27 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 4, 2015

The Reason For Silver Nitrate’s Prolonged Microbial Toxicity

Antibacterials: Unaltered poison released from dead bacteria continue killing
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: antimicrobial, silver nitrate, zombies effect

In a newly discovered mechanism, after an antimicrobial silver agent kills bacteria, the agent is then capable of moving on to kill still more bacteria (Sci. Rep. 2015, DOI: 10.1038/srep09555). Dubbed the “zombies effect” by David Avnir of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and colleagues, the extended toxicity of silver nitrate stems both from the ability of the silver to form nanoparticles and remain . . .

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