Special Issue "Microbial Biofilms-Implications for Healthcare and Environment"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Infectious Disease Epidemiology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2022.
Interests: To implement a holistic approach to study and address the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by developing novel antimicrobial agents (synthesis and characterisation of heterocyclic compounds) and adjuvants (amino acids) that enhance antimicrobial efficacy of existing antibiotics, particularly against biofilms; To study the clinical effectiveness of antibiotics, used therapeutically and prophylactically, by undertaking systematic reviews and metaanalyses of existing clinical evidence
Interests: investigating the attachment and inactivation of pathogens by a range of antimicrobial agents including disinfectants, antibiotics and natural antimicrobials such as spices and components; studies on the removal and inactivation of biofilms; optimization of antimicrobial effectiveness through combinations of treatments to enhance dispersal and/or increase susceptibility; development and assessment of the effectiveness of novel antimicrobial wound dressings using bacterial cellulose
Interests: understand the prevalence, virulence characteristic of biofilm development, quorum sensing (bacterial communication), and mechanisms of resistance (Extended-spectrum Beta-Lactamase and Carbapenum producing) of Enterobacterales associated with common bacterial infections; pathogenic role of oral microbes and assess the susceptibility/resistance development; whole Genome Sequencing microbial pathogens to assess the pathogenic/virulence/resistance characteristics; development of novel Quantitative Real-Time PCR-based methods to diagnose antibiotic-resistant pathogens; analysis of therapeutic potential and efficacy of the natural antimicrobials as quorum sensing/biofilm inhibitors
Biofilms are structured consortia of bacteria surrounded by an extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) that provides resistance to antibiotics, disinfectants and the host immune response. Bacteria residing in biofilms are up to 1000 times more resistant to antibiotics than planktonic cells, which adds to the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Microbial biofilms play a prominent role in causing infections such as chronic cystic fibrosis (CF), chronic wound infections, urinary tract infections and medical device-related infections. Biofilms, which have clinical and environmental significance, are formed by microorganisms such as Staphylococcus spp., E.coli, Streptococcus spp., Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Besides their notoriety, biofilms are also beneficial and are used in bioremediation to degrade pollutants. Recently extensive research is being undertaken to study the impact of biofilms in healthcare settings and the environment with emphasis laid on developing novel anti-biofilm agents that disrupt or inhibit biofilms. In addition, microbial strains are employed to degrade and detoxify environmental pollutants. This Special Issue will collate and publish recent and ongoing research in these areas. Therefore, we would like to invite you to submit your unpublished work in the form of reviews, original research articles, short communications, case reports, etc.
Dr. Ayesha Rahman
Dr. Hazel Gibson
Dr. Shivanthi Samarasinghe
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Antimicrobial agents
- Anti-biofilm agents
- Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and bioremediation