Predatory bacteria – can they succeed where antibiotics do not work?

Pfeiffer, Anamarija (2011) Predatory bacteria – can they succeed where antibiotics do not work?. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Predatory bacteria raise hope for stopping a multitude of pathogenic bacteria, some of which have become resistant to currently used antibiotics and cause severe problems, primarily related to hospital-acquired infections. Research conducted so far has shown that predatory bacteria have the ability to significantly reduce some of the most famous pathogenic bacteria, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae, cause of an atypical pneumonia, but also an opportunistic pathogen that can cause urinary and wound infection, most commonly hospital-acquired. Another advantage of predatory bacteria is their tendency to attack only some species of bacteria. Therefore, if used as a living antibiotic they will not kill bacteria that are normal habitants of the human body, nor can they be harmful to humans as they cannot attack mammalian cells. Up to this date a case of gene transfer between the predatory bacteria and its prey hasn't been recorded, so it is considered unlikely for the predator to become pathogenic for humans or other mammals. Unlike standard antibiotics, a living antibiotic could evolve simultaneously with its prey, which would mean that the prey could not become resistant to it, at least not for long.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Šeruga Musić, Martina
Date: 2011
Number of Pages: 16
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2014 09:20
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2014 09:20

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