Staphylococcus aureus is a major human pathogen in catheter-related infections. Modifying catheter material with interpenetrating polymer networks is a novel material technology that allows for impregnation with drugs and subsequent controlled release. Here, we evaluated the potential for combining this system with plectasin derivate NZ2114 in an attempt to design an S. aureus biofilm-resistant catheter. The material demonstrated promising antibiofilm properties, including properties against methicillin-resistant S. aureus, thus suggesting a novel application of this antimicrobial peptide.
Klein, K., Grønnemose, R. B., Alm, M., Brinch, K. S., Kolmos, H. J., & Andersen, T. E. (2017). Controlled Release of Plectasin NZ2114 from a Hybrid Silicone-Hydrogel Material for Inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus Biofilm. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 61(7), [e00604-17]. https://doi.org/10.1128/AAC.00604-17