Special Issue "Pathogenic Polymicrobial Infections, Biofilms, and Adaptive Drug Resistance"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2021) | Viewed by 199

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Daniel Pletzer
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Guest Editor
University of Otago, Dept. Microbiology & Immunology, 720 Cumberland St., 9054, Dunedin, New Zealand
Interests: Infectious diseases; Antimicrobial resistance; Stress response; Animal models; ESKAPE pathogens; Skin infections; Polymicrobial infections; Host-pathogen interaction; Infection models

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Traditionally, infectious diseases have been attributed to individual pathogens but recent progress in microbial whole-genome sequencing revealed the presence of polymicrobial communities. For example, most chronic wound infections are polymicrobial in nature (i.e., two or more species of microbes occupy the same infection site and interact in a cooperative or competitive manner). The colonization of multispecies communities with pathogenic bacteria can not only implicate disease progression but also complicate antimicrobial treatment and effectiveness.

Microorganisms that live in biofilms have the ability to cope with the host immune system and overcome antibiotic treatment due to adaptive behavior that can make them up to 1000-fold more resistant to antibiotics. Biofilm infections cause two-thirds of all clinical infections and have been thought to play a major role in reducing therapeutic effectiveness of antimicrobial compounds. As we know now, this is further impacted by the presence of polymicrobial biofilm communities. However, how pathogenic communities influence antimicrobial (adaptive) resistance and therapeutic outcomes is still poorly understood.

This Special Issue will focus on pathogenic polymicrobial infections, antimicrobial (adaptive) resistance within communities, and will discuss potential treatment strategies. We would like to invite the submission of original research, review articles, or short communications that report on recent progress to further expand our knowledge of complex diseases.

Dr. Daniel Pletzer
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Polymicrobial infections
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Pathogenic microorganisms
  • Polymicrobial biofilms
  • Adaptive resistance

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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