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In the Age of Synthetic Biology, Will Antimicrobial Peptides be the Next Generation of Antibiotics?

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Antibiotics 2020, 9(8), 484; https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics9080484
Received: 14 July 2020 / Revised: 1 August 2020 / Accepted: 4 August 2020 / Published: 6 August 2020
Antibiotics have changed human health and revolutionised medical practice since the Second World War. Today, the use of antibiotics is increasingly limited by the rise of antimicrobial-resistant strains. Additionally, broad-spectrum antibiotic activity is not adapted to maintaining a balanced microbiome essential for human health. Targeted antimicrobials could overcome these two drawbacks. Although the rational design of targeted antimicrobial molecules presents a formidable challenge, in nature, targeted genetically encoded killing molecules are used by microbes in their natural ecosystems. The use of a synthetic biology approach allows the harnessing of these natural functions. In this commentary article we illustrate the potential of applying synthetic biology towards bacteriocins to design a new generation of antimicrobials. View Full-Text
Keywords: synthetic biology; bacteriocins; antibiotics; antimicrobials synthetic biology; bacteriocins; antibiotics; antimicrobials
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Jaumaux, F.; P. Gómez de Cadiñanos, L.; Gabant, P. In the Age of Synthetic Biology, Will Antimicrobial Peptides be the Next Generation of Antibiotics? Antibiotics 2020, 9, 484. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics9080484

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Jaumaux F, P. Gómez de Cadiñanos L, Gabant P. In the Age of Synthetic Biology, Will Antimicrobial Peptides be the Next Generation of Antibiotics? Antibiotics. 2020; 9(8):484. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics9080484

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Jaumaux, Félix, Luz P. Gómez de Cadiñanos, and Philippe Gabant. 2020. "In the Age of Synthetic Biology, Will Antimicrobial Peptides be the Next Generation of Antibiotics?" Antibiotics 9, no. 8: 484. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics9080484

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