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As antibiotics become less effective against superbugs, a Swinburne researcher has been focusing on traditional agents to modify the behaviour of bacteria rather than killing bacteria.
As part of her Ph.D. studies, Dr. Sanjida Halim Topa investigated cinnamaldehyde, a major component of cinnamon essential oil. She found it inhibited the development of biofilm, a sticky film of bacteria – like the plaque that forms on teeth – that can cause persistent infections, which resist even the most potent antibiotics.
Dr - Topa - Research - Microbiology
Dr. Topa's research has been published in Microbiology.
There is an urgent need to develop alternatives to antibiotics to treat chronic biofilm-mediated infections, such as may occur with urinary catheters and artificial joints.
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"Though many previous studies have reported antimicrobial activity of cinnamon essential oil, it is not widely used in the pharmaceutical industry," Dr. Topa says.
"We aimed to search for the molecular activity of this oil, focusing on its major component, cinnamaldehyde. This is the compound that gives cinnamon its flavour."
Bacteria - Dr - Topa
Rather than killing the bacteria, Dr. Topa...
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