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Atmospheric pressure cold plasma as an anti-fungal therapy

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A microhollow cathode based, direct-current, atmospheric pressure, (2%) cold plasma microjet was used to inactive antifungal resistants Candida albicans, Candida krusei, and Candida glabrata in air and in water. Effective inactivation was achieved in 10 min in air and 1 min in water. Antifungal susceptibility tests showed drastic reduction of the minimum inhibitory concentration after plasma treatment. The inactivation was attributed to the reactive oxygen species generated in plasma or in water. Hydroxyl and singlet molecular oxygen radicals were detected in plasma-water system by electron spin resonance spectroscopy. This approach proposed a promising clinical dermatology therapy.

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  • 10/31/2018
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  • Applied Physics Letters Volume 98 Issue 2 Pages 02150
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