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The Journal of Microbiology

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 161–164 | Cite as

Antimicrobial effect of Korean propolis against the mutans streptococci isolated from Korean

  • Min Jung Kim
  • Chun Sung Kim
  • Byung-Hoon Kim
  • Sang-Bok Ro
  • Yun Kyong Lim
  • Soon-Nang Park
  • Engene Cho
  • Jang-Hyuk Ko
  • Soon-Sung Kwon
  • Yeong-Mu Ko
  • Joong-Ki Kook
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the optimal concentration of Korean propolis against clinical isolates of mutans streptococci (MS) from Koreans. The antimicrobial activity was evaluated using the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and time-kill curves against mutans streptococci. The MIC90 values of propolis for MS were 35 μg/ml. Propolis had a bacteriostatic effect on Streptococcus mutans ATCC 25175T and bactericidal effects on Streptococcus sobrinus ATCC 33478T at > 2×MIC (70 μg/ml). These results suggest that the propolis can be used in the development of oral hygiene products for the prevention of dental caries.

Keywords

antimicrobial effect propolis mutans streptococci Koreans 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Min Jung Kim
    • 1
  • Chun Sung Kim
    • 1
  • Byung-Hoon Kim
    • 2
  • Sang-Bok Ro
    • 2
  • Yun Kyong Lim
    • 1
  • Soon-Nang Park
    • 1
  • Engene Cho
    • 1
  • Jang-Hyuk Ko
    • 2
  • Soon-Sung Kwon
    • 2
  • Yeong-Mu Ko
    • 2
  • Joong-Ki Kook
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oral BiochemistryChosun UniversityGwangjuRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Dental Materials, School of DentistryChosun UniversityGwangjuRepublic of Korea

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