Honey: A Sweet Solution to the Growing Problem of Antimicrobial Resistance, 2nd Volume

A special issue of Antibiotics (ISSN 2079-6382). This special issue belongs to the section "Novel Antimicrobial Agents".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 2755

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1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2. Triticum Exploitatie BV, 6222 NK Maastricht, The Netherlands
Interests: medical-grade honey; wound healing; microbiology; biofilms; antimicrobial resistance; candidiasis; complementary and alternative medicine
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Interests: craniofacial biology; medical-grade honey wound repair; fibrosis; inflammation; cytoprotective mechanisms
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Interests: development of diagnostic molecular tools; antimicrobial activity; mode of action and microbiome of honey bee products; biodeterioration of cultural heritage
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Dear Colleagues,

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a leading cause of mortality worldwide, even higher than HIV/AIDS and malaria. Over- or misuse of antimicrobials in the healthcare, livestock, veterinary, and food industries leads to AMR. Since AMR is a cross-border threat to public health, a global approach (re-)inventing antimicrobial agents is crucial in tackling this issue. Thus far, the market has failed to respond to the quest for novel antimicrobial agents. Pharmaceutical companies demonstrate limited commercial interest because new drugs will be confined to the most severe cases, and resistance to new classes of antibiotics historically emerges within a couple of years. Without effective antibiotics, ostensibly simple wounds following injury or surgery may become infected and potentially life-threatening. Therefore, antibiotic stewardship and developing effective alternatives are crucial to controlling resistant infections.

Natural products traditionally implemented as medicines may constitute potent alternative antimicrobial agents. Medical-grade honey (MGH) has broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity via multiple mechanisms, making it very effective, even against multidrug-resistant microorganisms and biofilms. In contrast to modern antibiotics, no resistance towards honey has been reported after over five millennia of use. This is likely the result of the myriad antimicrobial mechanisms held by MGH, making it extremely difficult for pathogens to develop resistance. Interestingly, honey can also be combined with antibiotics and other agents, enhancing each other’s antimicrobial activity. MGH can be used for the treatment of various infections.

More studies that support the broad applicability and efficacy of MGH are needed. Studies investigating the antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activity of unprocessed honey and/or MGH against (resistant) microbial infections, or those elucidating the underlying molecular mechanisms, are welcome for submission to this Special Issue. Various formats are permitted (reviews, original research, case series, and animal and laboratory studies), as long as the ethical standards are followed.

We encourage submissions from different specialists within the human, animal, and environmental fields and from across the globe.

Dr. Niels A.J. Cremers
Dr. Frank Wagener
Dr. Dimitris Mossialos
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The Use of Medical Grade Honey on Infected Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers—A Prospective Case-Control Study
by Adéla Holubová, Lucie Chlupáčová, Jitka Krocová, Lada Cetlová, Linsey J. F. Peters, Niels A. J. Cremers and Andrea Pokorná
Antibiotics 2023, 12(9), 1364; https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics12091364 - 24 Aug 2023
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Non-healing wounds are usually colonised and contaminated by different types of bacteria. An alternative to antibiotic treatment in patients with infected wounds with local signs of inflammation may be medical grade honey (MGH). MGH has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory features. This study [...] Read more.
Non-healing wounds are usually colonised and contaminated by different types of bacteria. An alternative to antibiotic treatment in patients with infected wounds with local signs of inflammation may be medical grade honey (MGH). MGH has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory features. This study aims to evaluate the effect of MGH therapy on infected non-healing wounds, especially for diabetic foot syndrome. Prospective, observational case series (n = 5) of patients with wounds of diabetic foot syndrome are presented. There were five males with an average age of 61.6 years. All wounds were treated with MGH, and the healing trajectory was rigorously and objectively monitored. In all cases, there was a gradual disappearance of odour, pain, and exudation. Moreover, the wound areas significantly reduced within 40 days and there was a decrease in glycated haemoglobin and glycaemia values. All these outcomes resulted in improved quality of life of the patients. Despite bacterial colonisation, antibiotic treatment was not necessary. All wounds were completely healed. MGH has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects in diabetic foot syndrome wounds, does not increase glycated haemoglobin or glycaemia levels, and thus constitutes an effective alternative to the use of antibiotics in the treatment of locally infected wounds. Full article
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