Influence of Actinomyces israelii biofilm on the corrosion behaviour of copper IUD

S.B. Valdez (Instituto de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico)
B.M. Carrillo (Instituto de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico)
R. Zlatev (Instituto de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico)
M. Stoytcheva (Instituto de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico)
W.M. Schorr (Instituto de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico)
R.J. Cobo (Instituto de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico)
L.T. Perez (Universidad Autonoma de Campeche, Campeche, México)
J.M. Bastidas (Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalurgicas de Madrid, Madrid, España)

Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

Publication date: 21 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

Colonies of Actynomyces israelii bacteria have been found in removed copper intra‐uterine devices (IUD) used as a long‐term contraceptive method. The purpose of this paper is to characterize the biofilm developed under anaerobic conditions by Actynomyces israelii on IUD surface, and its influence in the copper corrosion processes.

Design/methodology/approach

The dissolution of copper on the intra‐uterine cavity prevents conception because of the toxic effect of the ions released. Nevertheless, microbiological growths have been detected on the IUD devices retired after long periods of insertion. In order to know about the influence of the biofilm on the corrosion of copper, electrochemical, spectroscopic and surface analysis techniques were applied to study the phenomenon.

Findings

A porous Actynomyces israelii biofilm was formed on the copper IUD surface. The bacteria colony had developed in an exopolimeric substrate, which protects it from the toxic effect of copper ions. The corrosion process was not inhibited by the biofilm, due to the pores present which permit the transport of species through them.

Practical implications

The results of this study show that there is no decay in the contraceptive function of the IUDs due to the presence of a bacterial biofilm on its surface.

Originality/value

The relationship between microbial colonization and the corrosion process of copper IUD under anaerobic conditions was characterized. These results will complement previous investigations performed on the study of corrosion of copper IUDs under different conditions.

Keywords

Citation

Valdez, S., Carrillo, B., Zlatev, R., Stoytcheva, M., Schorr, W., Cobo, R., Perez, L. and Bastidas, J. (2008), "Influence of Actinomyces israelii biofilm on the corrosion behaviour of copper IUD", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 55 No. 2, pp. 55-59. https://doi.org/10.1108/00035590810859412

Download as .RIS

Publisher

:

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Please note you might not have access to this content

You may be able to access this content by login via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
If you would like to contact us about accessing this content, click the button and fill out the form.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.