30 May Licorice root compound prevents biofilm formation
Wouldn’t it be nice to just chew licorice and then you wouldn’t have to floss! Black licorice is my favorite. Your favorite?
May 26, 2015 — The natural compound trans-chalcone found in licorice root prevents caries-causing biofilm formation, according to a new study in the journal Chemical Communications (May 18, 2015).
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that trans-chalcone prevents bacteria from forming biofilms. The team was also able to identify how trans-chalcone stopped the biofilm-forming enzyme, Sortase A, from functioning.
“We were delighted to observe that trans-chalcone inhibited Sortase A in a test tube and stopped Steptococcus mutans biofilm formation,” stated lead researcher Dominic Campopiano, PhD, in a press release. “We are expanding our study to include similar natural products and investigate if they can be incorporated into consumer products.”