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Persistent bacterial infections, antibiotic tolerance, and the oxidative stress response.

Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsGrant, SS, and Hung DT
AbstractCertain bacterial pathogens are able to evade the host immune system and persist within the human host. The consequences of persistent bacterial infections potentially include increased morbidity and mortality from the infection itself as well as an increased risk of dissemination of disease. Eradication of persistent infections is difficult, often requiring prolonged or repeated courses of antibiotics. During persistent infections, a population or subpopulation of bacteria exists that is refractory to traditional antibiotics, possibly in a non-replicating or metabolically altered state. This review highlights the clinical significance of persistent infections and discusses different in vitro models used to investigate the altered physiology of bacteria during persistent infections. We specifically focus on recent work establishing increased protection against oxidative stress as a key element of the altered physiologic state across different in vitro models and pathogens.
Year of Publication2013
JournalVirulence
Volume4
Issue4
Date Published (YYYY/MM/DD)2013/04/05
ISSN Number2150-5594
PubMedhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23563389?dopt=Abstract