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Antibacterial activity of Tonghyeonipal-dan against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
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  • Journal title : The Korea Journal of Herbology
  • Volume 30, Issue 5,  2015, pp.15-21
  • Publisher : The Korea Association of Herbology
  • DOI : 10.6116/kjh.2015.30.5.15.
 Title & Authors
Antibacterial activity of Tonghyeonipal-dan against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
KIM, In-Won; KANG, Ok-Hwa; KONG, Ryong; KWON, Dong-Yeul;
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Objectives : Methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus(MRSA) is a human pathogen. New antibacterial agents are needed to treat MRSA-related infections. This study investigated the antibacterial activity of EtOH 70% extracts ofTonghyeonipal-dan(THD) which prescription is composed of oriental medicine against MRSA.Methods : The antibacterial activity of THD was evaluated against MRSA strains by using the Disc diffusion method, broth microdilution method, Checkerboard dilution test, and Time-kill test; its mechanism of action was investigated by bacteriolysis, detergent or ATPase inhibitors were used.Results : The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of THD is 1,000~2,000 μg/mL against MRSA. In the checkerboard dilution test, fractional inhibitory concentration index (FICI) of THD in combination with antibiotics indicated synergy or partial synergism againstS. aureus. Furthermore, a time-kill assay showed that the growth of the tasted bacteria was considerably inhibited after 24 h of treatment with the combination of THD with selected antibiotics. For measurement of cell membrane permeability, THD 500 μg/mL along with concentration of Triton X-100 (TX) and Tris-(hydroxymethyl) aminomethane (TRIS) were used. In the other hand, N,N-dicyclohexylcarbodimide (DCCD) and Sodium azide (NaN3) were used as an inhibitor of ATPase. TX, TRIS, DCCD and NaN3 cooperation againstS. aureusshowed synergistic action.Conclusions : Accordingly, antimicrobial activity of THD was affected by cell membrane and inhibitor of ATPase were assessed. These results suggest that THD has antibacterial activity, and that THD extract offers great potential as a natural antibiotic against MRSA.
Tonghyeonipal-dan;MRSA;Synergy effect;Time-kill assay;Membrane-permeability;ATPase inhibition;
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