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Molecular Mechanism and Targets of the Antimicrobial Activity of Metal Nanoparticles

[ Vol. 15 , Issue. 16 ]


Faik N. Oktar, Mehmet Yetmez, Denisa Ficai, Anton Ficai, Florica Dumitru and Alexandra Pica   Pages 1583 - 1588 ( 6 )


The emergence of multi-resistant bacteria to drugs is recognized as a major cause of the increasing number of deaths in hospitals. Killing these bacteria require multiple expensive drugs that can have side effects. Metal nanoparticles may provide a new strategy to combat them. Due the antimicrobial and antiviral properties, nanoparticles (NPs) have outstanding biological properties that can be handled properly for desired applications. This review presents antibacterial and antiviral activity of metal NPs, including the molecular mechanisms by which NPs annihilate multidrug-resistant bacteria.


Antibacterial, Antiviral, Drug-multiresistant bacteria, Molecular mechanism.


Politehnica University of Bucharest, Centre of Micro and Nanotechnology; 1-7 Polizu St., 011061, Bucharest, Romania.

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