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Superbugs: Can Plants Save Us?

June 2013 Footnotes

By Narda Robinson, DVM, DO, Dipl. ABMA, FAAMA

Posted: July 26, 2013, 2:00 p.m. EDT

These are the footnotes for Dr. Robinson's June 2013 Evidence Based Medicine column, Superbugs: Can Plants Save Us?

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5 Stanton TB. A call for antibiotic alternatives research.  Trends in Microbiology.  2013;21(3):111-113.
6 Allen HK, Levine UY, Looft T, et al.  Treatment, promotion, commotion:  antibiotic alternatives in food-producing animals.  Trends in Microbiology.  2013;21(3):114-119.
7 Downing J.  FDA seeks veterinary oversight of ‘medically important’ antibiotics in livestock.  VIN News Service.  April 11, 2012.  Accessed at /redirect.aspx? on 04-13-13.
8 Zhu Y-G, Johnson TA, Su J-Q, et al.  Diverse and abundant antibiotic resistance genes in Chinese swine farms.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  February 11, 2013. [Epub ahead of print].
9 Collignon P, Wegener HC, Braam P, et al.  The routine use of antibiotics to promote animal growth does little to benefit protein undernutrition in the developing world.  Clinical Infectious Diseases.  2005;41:1007-1013.
10 Rodriguez-Beltran J, Rodriguez-Rojas A, Yubero E, et al.  The animal food supplement Sepiolite promotes a direct horizontal transfer of antibiotic resistance plasmids between bacterial species.  Antimicrob Agents Chemother.  2013; March 25 [Epub ahead of print].
11 Carlsen A.  On call in the wild:  animals play doctor, too.  Health News:  NPR.  April 22, 2013.    Accessed at /redirect.aspx?
12 Huffman MA.  Animal self-medication and ethno-medicine:  exploration and exploitation of the medicinal properties of plants.  Proc Nutr Soc. 2003;62(2):371-381.
13 Arena ME, Cartagena E, Gobbato N, et al.  In vivo and in vitro antibacterial activity of Acanthospermal B, a sesquiterpene lactone isolated from Acanthospermum hispidum.  Phytotherapy Research.  2011;25:597-602.
14 Celenza G, Segatore B, Setacci D, et al.  In vitro antimicrobial activity of pannarin alone and in combination with antibiotics against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus clinical isolates.  Phytomedicine.  2012;19:596-602.
15 Chan BC-L, Yu H, Wong C-W, et al.  Quick identification of kuraridin, a noncytotoxic anti-MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) agent from Sophora flavescens using high-speed counter-current chromatography.  Journal of Chromatography B.  2012;880:157-162.
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17 Kang H-K, Kim H-Y, and Cha J-D.  Synergistic effects between silibinin and antibiotics on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolated from clinical specimens.  Biotechnology Journal.  2011;6(11):1397-1408.
18 Skariyachan S, Krishnan RS, Siddapa SB, et al.  Computer aided screening and evaluation of herbal therapeutics against MRSA infections.  Bioinformation.  2011;7(5):222-233.
19 Brooks VJ, De Wolfe RJ, Paulus TJ, et al.  Ethnoveterinary application of Morinda citrifolia fruit puree on a commercial heifer rearing facility with endemic salmonellosis.  Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med.  2013;10(1):1-8.
20 Ohno A, Kataoka S, Ishii Y, et al.  Evaluation of Camellia sinensis catechins as a swine antimicrobial feed additive that does not cause antibiotic resistance.  Microbes Environ.  2013;28(1):81-86.
21 Davidovic V, Joksimovic todorovic M, Stojanovic B, et al.  Plant usage in protecting the farm animal health.  Biotechnology in Animal Husbandry.  2012; 28(1):87-98.
22 Davidovic V, Joksimovic todorovic M, Stojanovic B, et al.  Plant usage in protecting the farm animal health.  Biotechnology in Animal Husbandry.  2012; 28(1):87-98.
23 Smith-Hall C, Larsen HO, and Pouliot M.  People, plants and health:  a conceptual framework for assessing changes in medicinal plant consumption.  Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.  2012; 8:43.
24 Yeung KS, Gubili J, and Cassileth B.  Evidence-based botanical research:  applications and challenges.  Hematol Oncol Clin N Am.  2008;22:661-670.
25 Tong YQ, Jia SJ, and Han B.  Chinese herb-resistant clinical isolates of Escherichia coli.    J Alt Complement Med.  2012; 18:1-2.
26 Borsuk OS< Masnaya NV, Sherstoboev SY, et al.  Effects of drugs of plant origin on the development of the immune response.  Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine.  2011;151(2):194-196.
27 De Roode JC et al.  Self-medication in animals.  Science.  2013;340:  150-151.
28 Huffman MA.  Animal self-medication and ethno-medicine:  exploration and exploitation of the medicinal properties of plants.  Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.  2003;62:371-381.

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