Mechanical effects, antimicrobial efficacy and cytotoxicity of usnic acid as a biofilm prophylaxis in PMMA.

Kim, Sunghwan, Greenleaf, Robert, Miller, Mark Carl, Satish, Latha, Kathju, Sandeep, Ehrlich, Garth, Post, J. Christopher, Sotereanos, Nicholas G. and Stoodley, Paul (2011) Mechanical effects, antimicrobial efficacy and cytotoxicity of usnic acid as a biofilm prophylaxis in PMMA. Journal of Materials Science Materials in Medicine, 22, (12), 2773-2780 . (doi:10.1007/s10856-011-4445-x). (PMID:21938390).


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Experiments were performed to test the null hypothesis that the addition of a natural occurring antibiotic would not alter mechanical properties of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). Compression and four-point bending tests were used to assess mechanical properties of zirconium dioxide bearing bone cement (Type Zr) and barium sulfate bearing bone cement (Type Ba), mixed with the antibiotic usnic acid ("usnic"), used to create a surface resistant to biofilm formation. Addition of usnic had a statistically significant effect on the material properties. Compressive and bending strengths decreased as usnic was added and Type Zr was stronger than Type Ba although material properties remained above recommended minima. With implications of liver toxicity with large doses of usnic taken as a dietary supplement, cytotoxicity tests using bone cement coupons were performed and showed very little or no toxicity in primary cultures of rabbit skin derived fibroblasts. A simple test of usnic's efficacy as a biofilm prophylaxis in PMMA was also conducted. Bone cement coupons with usnic were tested for their effectiveness against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Diminished biofilm formation on usnic-containing coupons indicated that usnic can be an effective anti-microbial agent.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s10856-011-4445-x
ISSNs: 0957-4530 (print)
1573-4838 (electronic)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and the Environment > Engineering Sciences > n CATS Research Group
ePrint ID: 197745
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
22 September 2011Published
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2011 12:56
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:44

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