Title: Inactivation of Bacteria and Biomolecules by Low-Pressure Plasma Discharges
Authors: VON KEUDELL AchimAWAKOWICZ P.BENEDIKT JanRABALLAND V.YANGUAS-GIL A.OPRETZKA J.FLOTGEN C.REUTER R.BYELYKH L.HALFMANN H.STAPELMANN K.DENIS BenjaminWUNDERLICH J.MURANYI P.ROSSI FrancoisKYLIAN OndrejHASIWA MarinaRUIZ AnaRAUSCHER HubertSIRGHI LucelCOMOY E.DEHEN C.CHALLIER L.DESLYS J.p.
Citation: PLASMA PROCESSES AND POLYMERS vol. 7 no. 3-4 p. 327-352
Publisher: WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH
Publication Year: 2010
JRC Publication N°: JRC57699
ISSN: 1612-8850
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC57699
DOI: 10.1002/ppap.200900121
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The inactivation of bacteria and biomolecules using plasma discharges were investigated within the European project BIODECON. The goal of the project was to identify and isolate inactivation mechanisms by combining dedicated beam experiments with especially designed plasma reactors. The plasma reactors are based on a fully computer-controlled, low-pressure inductively-coupled plasma (ICP). Four of these reactors were built and distributed among the consortium, thereby ensuring comparability of the results between the teams. Based on this combined effort, the role of UV light, of chemical sputtering (i.e. the combined impact of neutrals and ions), and of thermal effects on bacteria such as Bacillus atrophaeus, Aspergillus niger, as well as on biomolecules such as LPS, Lipid A, BSA and prions have been evaluated. The particle fluxes emerging from the plasmas are quantified by using mass spectrometry, Langmuir probe measurements, retarding field measurements and optical emission spectroscopy. The effects of the plasma on the biological systems are evaluated using atomic forcemicroscopy, ellipsometry, electrophoresis, specially-designed western blot tests, and animal models. A quantitative analysis of the plasma discharges and the thorough study of their effect on biological systems led to the identification of the different mechanisms operating during the decontamination process.Our results confirmthe role of UVin the 200-250 nmrange for the inactivation ofmicroorganisms and a large variability of results observed between different strains of the same species. Moreover,we also demonstrate the role of chemical sputtering corresponding to the synergism between ion bombardment of a surface with the simultaneous reaction of active species such as O, O2 or H. Finally, we show that plasma processes can be efficient against different micro-organisms, bacteria and fungi, pyrogens, model proteins and prions. The effect of matrices is described, and consequences for any future industrial implementation are discussed.
JRC Institute:Institute for Health and Consumer Protection

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