Title: Breaking barriers: expansion of the use of endolysins as novel antibacterials against Gram-negative bacteria
Authors: Briers, Yves
Lavigne, Rob # ×
Issue Date: Mar-2015
Publisher: Future Medicine Ltd.
Series Title: Future Microbiology vol:10 pages:377-90
Article number: 10.2217/fmb.15.8
Abstract: ABSTRACT  The emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria drives the search for novel classes of antibiotics to replenish our armamentarium against bacterial infections. This is particularly critical for Gram-negative pathogens, which are intrinsically resistant to many existing classes of antibiotics due to the presence of a protective outer membrane. In addition, the antibiotics development pipeline is mainly oriented to Gram-positive pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. A promising novel class of antibacterials is endolysins. These enzymes encoded by bacterial viruses hydrolyze the peptidoglycan layer with high efficiency, resulting in abrupt osmotic lysis and cell death. Their potential as novel antibacterials to treat Gram-positive bacteria has been extensively demonstrated; however, the Gram-negative outer membrane has presented a formidable barrier for the use of endolysins against Gram-negatives until recently. This review reports on the most recent advances in the development of endolysins to kill Gram-negative species with a special focus on endolysin-engineered Artilysins(®).
ISSN: 1746-0913
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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