Synergistic reaction of silver nitrate, silver nanoparticles, and methylene blue against bacteria. Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper we describe the antibacterial effect of methylene blue, MB, and silver nitrate reacting alone and in combination against five bacterial strains including Serratia marcescens and Escherichia coli bacteria. The data presented suggest that when the two components are combined and react together against bacteria, the effects can be up to three orders of magnitude greater than that of the sum of the two components reacting alone against bacteria. Analysis of the experimental data provides proof that a synergistic mechanism is operative within a dose range when the two components react together, and additive when reacting alone against bacteria.

published proceedings

  • Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, R., Chen, J., Cesario, T. C., Wang, X., Yuan, J. S., & Rentzepis, P. M.

citation count

  • 38

complete list of authors

  • Li, Runze||Chen, Jie||Cesario, Thomas C||Wang, Xin||Yuan, Joshua S||Rentzepis, Peter M

publication date

  • November 2016