October 8, 20200

[Eng] What is Anti-microbial?

The word anti-microbial was derived from the Greek words; anti (against), mikros (little), and bios (life) and it refers to all components that act against microbes. Anti-microbial technology aids in minimising the presence of all microbial organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa that can be classified into 4 sub-groups which are:

 

  1. Anti-bacterial
  2. Anti-viral
  3. Anti-fungal
  4. Anti-protozoal

 

Silver has the ability to penetrate cell walls of microorganisms when they are being exposed to silver. This process causes cells to change its membrane structure, interaction with thiol groups, proteins, and DNA, interfere with DNA replication, as well as inhibit cellular functions which result in cell death. This mechanism of actions elucidate how silver has the potential to act as anti-microbial agent.

All things considered, the usage of silver in products are yet harmless to human beings and surely beneficial especially during this pandemic era. It is always better to play it safe!

 

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“Major Action Modes of Antimicrobial Drugs.” Pharmacology Module, 6. h

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“Potential Antibacterial Mechanism of Silver Nanoparticles and the Optimization of Orthopedic Implants by Advanced Modification Technologies.” International Journal of Nanomedicine 13: 3311.

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