Journal article

Engineering highly effective antimicrobial selenium nanoparticles through control of particle size

Tao Huang, James A Holden, Daniel E Heath, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, Andrea J O'Connor

Nanoscale | Royal Society of Chemistry | Published : 2019

Abstract

The overuse of antibiotics has induced the rapid development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. As a result, antibiotic efficacy has become limited, and infection with multidrug-resistant bacteria is considered to be one of the largest global human health threats. Consequently, new, effective and safe antimicrobial agents need to be developed urgently. One promising candidate to address this requirement is selenium nanoparticles (Se NPs), which are made from the essential dietary trace element Se and have antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria. The size of nanomaterials can strongly affect their biophysical properties and functions; however, the effects of the size of Se NP..

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