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Studies from Ruhr University Add New Findings in the Area of Applied microbiology and biotechnology (Inactivation of microbes and macromolecules by...

August 6, 2014

Studies from Ruhr University Add New Findings in the Area of Applied microbiology and biotechnology (Inactivation of microbes and macromolecules by atmospheric-pressure plasma jets)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Data detailed on Biotechnology have been presented. According to news originating from Bochum, Germany, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Plasma is ionized gas, which is found in various forms in nature and can also be generated artificially. A variety of cold atmospheric-pressure plasmas are currently being investigated for their clinical utility, and first studies reporting on the treatment of patients showed that plasma treatment may support the wound healing process."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Ruhr University, "One of the benefits of plasma treatment is the effective inactivation of bacteria including tenacious pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa or multiresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Neither the molecular mechanisms promoting wound healing nor those underlying bacterial inactivation are fully understood yet. The review has a focus on plasma jets, a particular type of cold atmospheric-pressure plasma sources featuring an indirect treatment whereby the treated substrates do not come into contact with the plasma directly but are exposed to the plasma-emitted reactive species and photons. Such plasma jets are being employed as tools in basic research regarding the effects of plasmas on biological samples. This review provides a brief overview on the recent clinical investigations into the benefits of cold atmospheric-pressure plasmas."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "It then describes our current understanding of the mechanisms leading to bacterial inactivation and inactivation of biomacromolecules gained by employing plasma jets."

For more information on this research see: Inactivation of microbes and macromolecules by atmospheric-pressure plasma jets. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2014;98(14):6205-6213. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer -; Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from J.W. Lackmann, Ruhr University of Bochum, Inst Elect Engn & Plasma Technol, D-44780 Bochum, Germany (see also Biotechnology).

Keywords for this news article include: Biotechnology, Bochum, Europe, Germany

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Source: Biotech Week

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