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Fast and effective inactivation of Bacillus atrophaeus endospores using light-activated derivatives of vitamin B2

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Eichner, Anja ; Gollmer, Anita ; Späth, Andreas ; Bäumler, Wolfgang ; Regensburger, Johannes ; König, Burkhard ; Maisch, Tim
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Highly resistant endospores may cause severe problems in medicine as well as in the food and packaging industries. We found that bacterial endospores can be inactivated quickly with reactive oxygen species (ROS) that were generated by a new generation of flavin photosensitizers. Flavins like the natural compound vitamin B2 are already known to produce ROS but they show a poor antimicrobial ...


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