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Antibacterial free fatty acids: activities, mechanisms of action and biotechnological potential.

Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2010 Feb;85(6):1629-42.
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Amongst the diverse and potent biological activities of free fatty acids (FFAs) is the ability to kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. The antibacterial properties of FFAs are used by man...s less problematic than with conventional antibiotics. The potential for commercial or biomedical exploitation of antibacterial FFAs, especially for those from natural sources, is discussed.

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