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OCIMUM BASILICUM AND MENTHA PIPERITA ESSENTIAL OILS INFLUENCE THE ANTIMICROBIAL SUSCEPTIBILITY OF STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS STRAINS

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Author(s): Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu | Carmen Mariana Chifiriuc | Ioana Marinaş | Crina Saviuc | Dan Mihaiescu | Veronica Lazǎr

Journal: Letters in Applied NanoBioScience
ISSN 2284-6808

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 14;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Ocimum basilicum | Mentha piperita | Staphylococcus aureus | antimicrobial activity

ABSTRACT
Essential oils extracted by microwave assisted hydrodistillation technique from Ocinum basilicum and Mentha piperita were characterized by GC-MS. An adapted diffusion method was used in order to assess the potentiator effect of the essential oils on the susceptibility of Staphylococcus aureus clinical and reference strains to some of the currently used antibiotics, i.e. clindamycin, ciprofloxacin, tetracycline, gentamicin, penicillin and erythromycin.. The Ocimum basilicum and Mentha piperita essential oils, exhibited a strong, strain specific influence on the antibiotic susceptibility of the tested strains.
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