Erin Nawrocki ’13, Hillary Bedell ’11, and Assistant Professor of Biology Tricia Humphreys had a peer-reviewed article, titled “Resveratrol is cidal to both classes of Haemophilus ducreyi,” accepted by the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. It will appear in the May 2013 issue.
Resveratrol, a polyphenolic phytoalexin, is produced by plants in response to infection and has antibacterial activity. Haemophilus ducreyi is a Gram-negative bacterium that is the causative agent of the sexually transmitted disease chancroid. Results of this research confirmed the compound’s potential for use as a topical microbicide to prevent chancroid.