Athens, Ga. – Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent study by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
The bioplastic materials could also be used for food packaging.
A pretty nice piece of work. Not sure why albumin would have antibacterial properties. The egg white of chickens does contain lysozyme, a potent agent against certain bacteria.
And this research is a little surprising, as albumins have been shown to reduce the anti-bacterial properties of many antibiotics.
Let’s see just how this plays out.