alexa Bacteriophages: potential treatment for bacterial infections.
General Science

General Science

Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense

Author(s): Duckworth DH, Gulig PA

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Bacteriophages (phages) are viruses of bacteria that can kill and lyse the bacteria they infect. After their discovery early in the 20th century, phages were widely used to treat various bacterial diseases in people and animals. After this enthusiastic beginning to phage therapy, problems with inappropriate use and uncontrolled studies and ultimately the development of antibacterials caused a cessation of phage therapy research in the West. However, a few institutions in Eastern Europe continued to study and use phages as therapeutic agents for human infections. The alarming rise in antibacterial resistance among bacteria has led to a review of the Eastern European studies and to the initiation of controlled experiments in animal models. These recent studies have confirmed that phages can be highly effective in treating many different types of bacterial infections. The lethality and specificity of phages for particular bacteria, the ability of phages to replicate within infected animal hosts, and the safety of phages make them efficacious antibacterial agents. Although there are still several hurdles to be overcome, it appears likely that phage therapy will regain a role in both medical and veterinary treatment of infectious diseases, especially in the scenario of emerging antibacterial resistance.
This article was published in BioDrugs and referenced in Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense

Relevant Expert PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

 
© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
adwords