Anti-Escherichia Coli Adhesin Activity of Cranberry and Blueberry Juices

  • I. Ofek
  • J. Goldhar
  • N. Sharon
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 408)


For many decades, cranberry juice has been recommended by physicians in North America for the treatment or prevention of urinary tract infections (UTI). However, until recently, no experimental evidence has been presented for the purported beneficiary effect of the juice, nor for its mechanism of action. For a while, it was believed that the antibacterial effect of the juice is due to its ability to acidify urine and thus to inhibit bacterial growth but no support for this was found (Kunin, 1987; Bodel et al., 1959).


Urinary Tract Infection Condensed Tannin Hippuric Acid Cranberry Juice Uroepithelial Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Ofek
    • 1
  • J. Goldhar
    • 1
  • N. Sharon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Microbiology, Sackler School of MedicineTel-Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department Membrane and BiophysicsThe Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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