Special Issue "Advances in the Discovery of Novel Antibiotics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2022) | Viewed by 6144
Interests: antimicrobial resistance; bacterial pathogenesis; antibiotics; repurposing drug; non-traditional approaches
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Compounding the problem of antimicrobial resistance is the immediate threat of a reduction in the discovery and development of new antibiotics, the dangers of which have recently been made clear by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other institutions in Europe. Consequently, a perfect storm is converging with regard to bacterial infections: antimicrobial resistance is increasing, whereas there has been a decrease in the development of novel antibiotics. New policies and actions are necessary to avoid the figures predicted for 2050, which attribute ten million deaths worldwide to antimicrobial resistance. Therefore, the development of non-traditional therapeutic strategies such as repurposed drugs, immunomodulators, bacteriophages, and antivirulence therapeutics for use alone or together with clinically relevant antibiotics has become exigent. In this environment, repurposing therapeutic drugs has received considerable attention. Despite this interest, only few repurposing drug trials are in advanced preclinical or clinical development. The goal of this Special Issue is to systematically provide an overview on the scientific evidence on the therapeutic potential of repurposing drugs against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. In specific, we aim to:
i) Discuss the therapeutic potential of this drug class;
ii) Identify their potential targets and their mechanisms of action, including DNA, RNA and proteins inhibitors, quorum sensing regulators, biofilm formation inhibitors and disruptors, drugs that interact with the cell membrane and iron metabolism, and host immune system modulators, among others;
iii) Summarize the outcomes of advanced preclinical trials for treating bacterial infections.
We welcome researchers to submit original research, reviews, or perspectives focusing on repurposing drugs for treatment against bacteria.
Dr. Younes Smani
Manuscript Submission Information
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- novel antibiotic drugs
- antimicrobial resistance
- non-traditional approaches