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Have you ever wondered how your body defends itself against the countless microorganisms we encounter daily? Meet hypochlorous acid (HOCl)


Aug 4, 2023

Introduction Have you ever wondered how your body defends itself against the countless microorganisms we encounter daily? Meet hypochlorous acid (HOCl) – an extraordinary molecule that our immune cells produce to combat pathogens. This natural disinfectant is potent, yet benign to humans and the environment. In this article, we delve into the fascinating science of HOCl and its role as a natural defender against pathogens. Background/Context HOCl is one of the most effective sanitizers known to man. Despite its high efficacy, HOCl is not harmful to humans, animals, and the environment. Our own bodies produce it as part of the immune response, making it an innate part of our biological defenses. It is particularly lethal to most known pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores, and yet it does not induce resistance or adaptation. ° HOCl – A Biological Marvel The human body is incredibly complex, and one of its marvels is the way it uses HOCl to fight off pathogens. White blood cells, the sentinels of our immune system, release HOCl to kill invading microbes. The process is swift and effective, showcasing the remarkable adaptability of nature. ° Potent Yet Gentle While HOCl is fatal to pathogens, it is gentle on human cells and the environment. This dichotomy is rare in the world of disinfectants, where strength usually equates to toxicity. HOCl is non-toxic, non-irritant, and biodegradable, making it one of the safest disinfectants available. ° The Versatility of HOCl HOCl's effectiveness isn't limited to a specific group of pathogens. It is broad-spectrum, meaning it can kill a wide range of harmful microorganisms, including those that cause diseases like influenza, E.coli, and MRSA. ° Resistance is Futile Unlike antibiotics, pathogens cannot develop resistance against HOCl. This fact makes HOCl a sustainable solution to fight pathogens, particularly in an era where antimicrobial resistance is becoming a significant concern. Conclusion Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is nature's answer to pathogens. Its potency, versatility, and benign nature make it an ideal candidate for use in a range of settings, from hospitals to households. By harnessing the power of HOCl, we can create safer, healthier environments and improve the quality of life. Call to Action Want to know more about how the science of HOCl can be leveraged for your home or business? Explore Biosavety's innovative solutions that harness the power of this remarkable molecule to keep your spaces clean and safe. References: Boecker D, Zhang Z, Breves R, Herth F, Kramer A, Bulitta C. Antimicrobial efficacy, mode of action and in vivo use of hypochlorous acid (HOCl) for prevention or therapeutic support of infections. GMS Hyg Infect Control. 2023 Mar 27;18:Doc07. doi: 10.3205/dgkh000433. PMID: 37034111; PMCID: PMC10073986. Maris, P. (2019). Modes of action of disinfectants. Rev. Sci. Tech. Off. Int. Epiz., 1995, 14(1), 47-55. Bloomfield, S. F., et al. (2020). A critical review of the role of surfaces in the transmission of COVID-19 and control strategies to prevent infection. Journal of Hospital Infection, 110, 66-73. Kenawy, E. R., et al. (2020). Review: Physicochemical properties and applications of poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels and nanocomposites. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 164, 336-365. Wang, L., Bassiri, M., Najafi, R., Najafi, K., Yang, J., Khosrovi, B., Hwong, W., Barati, E., Belisle, B., Celeri, C., & Robson, M. C. (2007). Hypochlorous Acid as a Potential Wound Care Agent. Journal of Burns and Wounds, 6, e5. Robson, M. C., Payne, W. G., Ko, F., Mentis, M., Donati, G., Shafii, S. M., Culverhouse, S., Wang, L., Khosrovi, B., Najafi, R., Cooper, D. M., & Leaper, D. J. (2007). Hypochlorous Acid as a Potential Wound Care Agent: Part II. Stabilized Hypochlorous Acid: Its Role in Decreasing Tissue Bacterial Bioburden and Overcoming the Inhibition of Infection on Wound Healing. Journal of Burns and Wounds, 6, e6. Sakarya, S., Gunay, N., Karakulak, M., Ozturk, B., & Ertugrul, B. (2014). Hypochlorous Acid: an ideal wound care agent with powerful microbicidal, antibiofilm, and wound healing potency. Wounds, 26(12), 342-350. Antimikrobielle und antiinfektiöse Maßnahmen - PMC - NCBI. [Online]. Available: Accessed on: August 4, 2023.

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