DOI: 10.17265/2159-5828/2012.09.063
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Takuya Maeda, Takao Sato

Abstract: In the modern societies, various techniques to control harmful microbes, such as using biocides, are essential to enjoy our comfortable life. Quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC), cationic surfactants, have been widely used as biocides for medical, industrial and domestic purposes because of their low toxicity or wide antimicrobial spectrum. However, such a repetition of daily use has also brought about spreading of resistant bacteria. Therefore, this study was done to clarify the resistance mechanism to QAC an…

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