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Antibiotic Resistance: Surviving An Uncertain Future

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Summary And Perspectives

The continuous increase of antibiotic resistance, including the emergence of multidrug resistance in common pathogens, has created an urgent need for antibiotics with novel mechanisms of action. PDF, an essential metallopro-tease that removes the N-formyl group of all newly synthesised bacterial

Antimicrobial Therapy

Antibiotic resistance has developed during treatment of Campylobacter disease with the quinolones. Symptoms have relapsed despite having responded initially. When quinolones are used as agents of choice for self-therapy in areas where Campylobacter are common causes of travelers' diarrhea, the patient might need to be armed with a course of azithromycin to take in the event that quinolone-treated disease relapses. Alternatively, rifaximin could be prescribed in place of a fluoroquinolone if it is available. Azithromycin needs more study before it can be advocated as front-line therapy.

Antibiotic Susceptibility

Similarly worrying reports of antibiotic resistance in non-P-haemolytic streptococci causing bacteraemia and or endocarditis emerged from other parts of Europe during this period. Although frequently based on small collections of strains, studies in France, Germany, Sweden and Denmark documented substantial proportions of non-P-haemolytic streptococcal strains as having decreased sensitivity to erythromycin and or penicillin (Wisplinghoff etal, 1999 Lefort etal, 2002 Westling et al., 2002). Pooled data for 1997-1998 from European countries participating in the SENTRY Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme found 39 of non-P-haemolytic streptococci to be nonsusceptible to penicillin, whereas 30 exhibited reduced susceptibility to erythromycin (Fluit etal, 2000). Following the mottled array of reports describing the emergence of resistant phenotypes over 1990s, more recent descriptions from the SENTRY global antimicrobial surveillance network suggest that some degree of uniformity of...

Safety And Regulatory Issues

As far as plants subject to genetic engineering are concerned, the principal concerns have been focused around the potential allergenicity of the modified plant and the use of antibiotic resistance genes for the selection of new strains. The possible variations in overall composition and the position to be adopted in terms of the need for safety evaluation have been considered by a number of international bodies.

Evolution Of Protein Kinases

It is clear protein serine threonine kinases and protein tyrosine kinases play a major role in eukaryotic signal transduction pathways. Despite this, there are no such kinases in prokaryotes, as these only contain histidine kinases. So where do they come from One possibility is that protein kinases evolved from bacterial defense enzymes that confer antibiotic resistance. This possibility was noted when the crystal structure of a bacterial aminoglycoside antibiotic metabolizing enzyme was solved. Surprisingly, this enzyme had a three-dimensional fold very similar to eukaryotic

Safety Issues In Product Development

Second, there is a need to test in animals the possibility of incorporation of the therapeutic gene into the germ cell line. Many constructs contain multiple genes not only is the therapeutic gene present, but also genes to assist in manufacturing, e.g. those conferring antibiotic resistance to the microorganism that is being used for production, or a gene for a marker enzyme. All of these genes require toxicological assurance that they do not incorporate into the germ cell line, and thus will not be replicated in the offspring of the treated patient. This is a special field of toxicology that is in its infancy in some cases clinical trials have to be restricted to surgically sterile patients in the absence of this information.

Genetic Exchange Antimicrobial Resistance of S aureus

The most significant events in the history of S. aureus antibiotic resistance are the emergence of resistance to penicillin (which is now almost ubiquitous), the emergence of and epidemic rise in methicillin resistance, the recognition of strains with intermediate resistance to vancomycin and the recent emergence of S. aureus that is fully resistant to vancomycin. The mechanisms of resistance to other antimicrobial agents are summarized in Table 5.3. Possible precursors and reservoirs of the genetic determinants of methicillin resistance include Staphylococcus sciuri (Wu, de Lencastre and Tomasz 1998) and Staphylococcus hominis subsp. novobiosepticus (Kloos etal. 1998b). A genetic element that is structurally very similar to SCCmec except for the absence of mecA has been defined in a methicillin-susceptible strain of S. hominis (Katayama etal. 2003). An SCC element that lacks mecA has also been defined during sequencing of S. aureus MSSA252 (Holden etal. 2004). The role of this...

Detection of Tetracycline Resistance Genes by PCR Methods

Rapid, accurate, and sensitive determination of antibiotic resistance profiles of various human and animal pathogens becomes a vital prerequisite for successful therapeutic intervention in the face of the increased occurrences of drug-resistant bacterial infections. The current methods, which are dependent on cultivation of pathogens and phenotypic expression of antibiotic resistance, usually require excessive time, special microbiological equipment, and qualified personnel. However, even with all these requisites, for example, no bacteria can be grown from more than 80 of all clinical samples sent to clinical microbiology laboratories (1). Besides the cultivation limitations, the cultivation-based determination of an antibiotic resistance profile lacks the genotypic information, which is essential for understanding the epidemiology and routes of transmission of antibiotic resistance genes. These genes often reside on mobile genetic elements and can move freely between commensal and...

Specialized initiation events translational coupling 70S initiation and leaderless mRNAs

As yet, the role of leaderless mRNAs is not clear certainly there is little correlation (or homology) between the genes encoding leaderless mRNAs in different organisms, let alone across the kingdoms 9 . Despite this, under certain physiological conditions, for example, low temperature or in the presence of antibiotics, the 70S initiation pathway open to leaderless mRNAs might be competitively favorable over that of canonical mRNAs 9, 106 . In this respect, it is interesting to note that in many Streptomyces species, a number of antibiotic resistance genes are leaderless mRNAs 9 . Blasi and coworkers 9 have also suggested that leaderless mRNAs may represent remnants of ancestral mRNAs that have acquired canonical start codons at the 5'-end, i.e. the earliest mRNA templates were simply single-stranded polynucleotides.

Antimicrobial Resistance

Since the identification of plasmid-mediated MLS resistance in the Streptococcus sp. in the early 1970s it has been shown that conjugation is the most common dissemination mode of resistance. Transduction may also contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance amongst GAS but has not been reported for other streptococci (Courvalin, Carlier and Chabbert 1972). Transposon-mediated MLS resistance in GAS has been described, and chromosomally integrated resistance genes of presumed plasmid origin have been found in many plasmid-free strains (Le Bouguenec, de Cespedes and Horaud 1990).

Prescriptiontootc Switch

Regardless of the reasons underlying a drug's prescription-only status, once a decision is taken that a drug should be moved OTC, it is extremely important to get early interaction with the regulatory agencies. This can establish at an early stage whether or not they have concerns that the company has not yet considered. The obvious concerns of safety and efficacy are not always the principal issues obstructing a switch. It is possible in some cases that FDA has no concerns in these two areas, but that self-medication use is prevented by some other peripheral but still highly important consideration. Examples of such problems are indications which the FDA does not regard as self-diagnosable, and such problems as spread of antibiotic resistance by OTC use of an antibiotic that might adversely affect the overall public health picture.

Personal Foreword

The first two chapters review nuclear hormone receptors and protein kinases. Both of these chapters provide an overview of the topic and shed some insight into how small molecule ligands can achieve selectivity between related protein targets. The next two chapters review topics that begin to 'push the limit' on the size of the complexes that can be used in drug design. Both the proteosome and the ribosome are very large biological macromolecules that are the targets for drug discovery. In the ribosome chapter, an important point is made regarding what conclusions are warranted, or not warranted, based upon the resolution of the x-ray diffraction data. The ribosome chapter also introduces the topic and challenges of antibiotic resistance in drug discovery. The next two chapters provide accounts of detailed structure-based design studies aimed at obtaining inhibitors of both cathepsin K and Cdk4. The cathepsin K chapter provides a nice account of the iterative structure-based design...

Viral Replication

An important advance in HCV research was the report in 1999 that subgenomic constructs encoding only the nonstructural proteins together with an antibiotic resistance gene, flanked by authentic 5' and 3' sequences (Figure 2.1B), could replicate stably in the Huh-7 cell line isolated from human liver 64 . While monocistronic systems do exist, most replicons are bicistronic that is, they encode two protein chains, with translation of the resistance gene directed by the HCV IRES and translation of the HCV non-structural region directed by the encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV) IRES 56 . Replicon cell lines are typically generated by transfection of the subgenomic RNA into Huh-7 human liver cells and selection for colonies, which are able to grow in the presence of the antibiotic neomycin. The first replicons were generated using a consensus genotype 1b sequence 64 or a genotype 1a strain 65, 66 . Isolation of stable replicon cell lines was at first a long and very inefficient process, but...


Antibiotics belonging to the tetracycline family are extensively used in the therapy and prophylactic control of bacterial infections in human and veterinary medicine and as food additives for growth promotion in the farming industry. Intensive use of tetracyclines has led to widespread antibiotic resistance in bacterial species. The resistance mechanism genes are located in plasmids that can be efficiently transferred from one strain to another. In addition to the development of drug-resistant pathogens, the use of tetracycline has been associated with problems such as unacceptable levels of drug residues in food products for human consumption and release of drugs into the environment. Control of usage in animal farming is possible by monitoring antibiotic residues in different biological samples. Conventional methods for the detection of tetracycline residues include microbial inhibition tests, immunoassays, and chromatographic methods. Recently, whole-cell sensing systems have been...