Silver ions prove effective in preventing, killing MRSA while forming bone

Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, infections are a critical problem in the medical world, including the area of regenerative medicine. This form of antibiotic-resistant staph infection can cause serious complications after typical invasive procedures and can be easily spread through skin-to-skin contact. MRSA is one of the foremost causes of osteomyelitis, a disease that inflames and destroys bone as well as surrounding soft tissue.

But University of Missouri College of Engineering Dean and Bioengineering Professor Elizabeth Loboa and a team of colleagues — Mahsa Mohiti-Asli and Casey Molina of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Diteepeng Thamonwan of Silpakorn University in Thailand and Behnam Pourdeyhimi of NCSU — recently discovered a way to slow and, in some cases, prevent the spread of MRSA while also regenerating new bone.

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Feature photo courtesy of NCSU

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