Synergy on Surfaces: Anti-Biofouling Interfaces Using Surface-Attached Antimicrobial Peptides PGLa and Magainin-2 Academic Article uri icon


  • The synergistic effect of antimicrobial compounds is an important phenomenon that can increase the potency of treatment and might be useful against the formation of biofilms on surfaces. A strong inhibition of microbial viability on surfaces can potentially delay the development of biofilms on treated surfaces, thereby enhancing the performance of water-purification technologies and medical devices, for example, to prevent hospital-acquired infections. However, the synergistic effects of surface-immobilized antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have not yet been reported. Here, we demonstrate the synergistic antimicrobial effects of the AMPs PGLa and magainin-2 on modified reverse-osmosis (RO) membranes. These AMPs are known to act synergistically in the free state, but their antimicrobial synergistic effects have not yet been reported in a surface-immobilized state. The AMPs were functionalized with alkyne linkers and covalently attached to RO membranes modified with azides, using a click chemistry reaction. The...

publication date

  • September 18, 2018