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Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics: The More They Resist, the More They Divide

These are Escherichia coli colonies growing on a petri dish. (Credit: Sílvia Mendonça)

From the 28 July 2011 Science Daily article

The number of multiresistant strains of bacteria in hospitals is increasing. Bacteria acquire resistance to antibiotics through mutations in their chromosomes and by incorporating new genes, either from the surrounding environment or from other bacteria. Now, a research team at the Portuguese CBA research (University of Lisbon) and the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência has shown that, surprisingly, when both mechanisms of resistance are playing out in the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli), its ability to survive and reproduce is increased.

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Journal Reference:
Rui F. Silva, Sílvia C. M. Mendonça, Luís M. Carvalho, Ana M. Reis, Isabel Gordo, Sandra Trindade, Francisco Dionisio. Pervasive Sign Epistasis between Conjugative Plasmids and Drug-Resistance Chromosomal Mutations. PLoS Genetics, 2011; 7 (7): e1002181 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1002181

July 29, 2011 - Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , ,

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