System and Method For Controlling Bacterial Persister Cells with Weak Electric Currents

Dacheng Ren (Inventor), Jeremy Gilbert (Inventor), Mi Zhang (Inventor), Tagbo Niepa (Inventor)

Research output: Patent

Abstract

A system and method for treating persister cells with an electrochemical process, alone or in combination with antibiotics. Weak electric currents are used to effectively eliminate persister cells and the efficacy can be further improved through synergistic effects with antibiotics. The method may be adapted for novel therapies of chronic infections and strategies to control persistent biofouling. The system has a broad spectrum applications in treating chronic and drug resistant infections, such as those caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and may also be used for decontamination of medical devices.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Patent number8,569,027
StatePublished - Feb 10 2011

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