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The effect of nondialyzable material (NDM) cranberry extract on formation of contact lens biofilm by Staphylococcus epidermidis

Posted: 
January 26, 2012
Authors: 
Leshem R, Maharshak I, Ben Jacob E, Ofek I, Kremer I
Journal: 
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 52(7):4929-34
Abstract: 

PURPOSE: To assess the effects of NDM from cranberries on Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm formed on soft contact lenses.

METHODS: Soft contact lenses were incubated in Tryptic Soy Broth (TSB) together with S. epidermidis (ATCC35984/RP62A) and various concentrations of NDM, and inspected by scanning electron and confocal microscopy. The TSB was collected after sonification and monitored turbidometrically.

RESULTS: NDM at >=500 mug/mL concentration caused a significant (P

CONCLUSIONS: NDM reduces formation of biofilm on soft contact lenses. This has important implications for the prevention of contact lens-related corneal infections caused by S. epidermidis.