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Antimicrobial properties of garlic

Results of studies, which were publicated August 29,2017 in Scientific Reports magazine, confirm garlic antiviral and antimicrobal properties

Professor Michael Giskov from University of Copenhagen, and his fellow-workers contucted, that Ajoenes (organic chemical compounds contained in garlic, which are odorless product of alliin), which can be found in garlic, are disrupting communication pathways of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria through inhibiting RNA-regulating molecules

Sulfur-rich compound also caused damage to bacterial biofilm, making it even more prone to degradation. "Those two species of bacteria, which we studied, are very important" - was noticed by one of the authors - Tim Holm Jakobsen from Faculty of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Copenhagen.

"They are called Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Actually they belong to two, very diffrent types of bacteria, and they are fought with different methods. But those garlic compounds can be used to fight them both, and can turn out to be effective as support in more typical treatment with antibiotics"

Team of professor Givskov have patented using o ajoens in fighting bacterial infections, and right to use them, was granted to producer of NX-AS-401 - a drug for people with cystic fibrosis. "We trurly belive, that this method can help in treatment of patients with bad prognosis, because chronic infections, like cystic fibrosis, can be very dangerous" - says dr Jackobson. "But know, together with private company, we have sufficient knowledge, for further development of drug with garlic compounds, and further tests on volunteers"

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