Antibiotic-non-antibiotic combinations for combating extremely drug-resistant Gram-negative 'superbugs'

Elena K Schneider, Felisa Reyes Ortega, Tony Velkov, Jian Li

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The emergence of antimicrobial resistance of Gram-negative pathogens has become a worldwide crisis. The status quo for combating resistance is to employ synergistic combinations of antibiotics. Faced with this fast-approaching post-antibiotic era, it is critical that we devise strategies to prolong and maximize the clinical efficacy of existing antibiotics. Unfortunately, reports of extremely drug-resistant (XDR) Gram-negative pathogens have become more common. Combining antibiotics such as polymyxin B or the broad-spectrum tetracycline and minocycline with various FDA-approved non-antibiotic drugs have emerged as a novel combination strategy against otherwise untreatable XDR pathogens. This review surveys the available literature on the potential benefits of employing antibiotic-non-antibiotic drug combination therapy. The apex of this review highlights the clinical utility of this novel therapeutic strategy for combating infections caused by 'superbugs'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-125
Number of pages11
JournalEssays in Biochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2017

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