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Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


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There is a demand for newer, more effective therapeutic antagonist for bacterial threats. More specifically, overuse of currently available antibiotics, premature dosage -termination of prescription antibiotics and a growing resistance of bacteria to currently available antibiotics warrants the design, development and establishment of new and novel antibacterial therapeutics. Unfortunately, physician-scientists no longer have an antibiotic agent for an increasing number of multiple strains of bacteria. In this study, we investigate the holistic efficacy for which the plant Meswak can antagonize the vitality of some strains of bacteria and HeLa cell growth. The conclusions drawn from the findings of this investigation suggest Meswak as a potential antagonist for the growth of some strains of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Preliminary studies have also revealed that Meswak acts as an inhibitor to HeLa cell growth and migration. Future studies are necessary to define the specific mechanism of action for which Meswak acts to inhibit bacterial viability and HeLa cell growth and migration.

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