A novel antimicrobial agent reduces oxidative stress in cells

Eliza James, Helena Viola, Livia Hool, Paul Eggers, Colin Raston, Ramiz Boulos

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1,3,5-Tris[(1E)-2′-(4′′-benzoic acid)vinyl]benzene] (Ramizol™) is a potent and non-toxic synthetic antimicrobial agent, and we now establish that it is also a potent inhibitor of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, with similar antioxidant activity to α-tocopherol (Vitamin E), which is a standard antioxidant drug. The results show that Ramizol™ decreases ROS to basal levels in PC12 cells and mouse and guinea pig myocytes, and demonstrate its protective nature from oxidative damage to the cells. The continuing challenge to discover antibiotics with no or few side effects makes Ramizol™ a very attractive candidate for the potential treatment of infections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7277-7281
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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