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Phage therapy as an alternative or complementary strategy to prevent and control biofilm-related infections

  • Current Opinion in Microbiology, 39, 48-56, 2017

Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract

The complex heterogeneous structure of biofilms confers to bacteria an important survival strategy. Biofilms are frequently involved in many chronic infections in consequence of their low susceptibility to antibiotics as well as resistance to host defences. The increasing need of novel and effective treatments to target these complex structures has led to a growing interest on bacteriophages (phages) as a strategy for biofilm control and prevention. Phages can be used alone, as a cocktail to broaden the spectra of activity, or in combination with other antimicrobials to improve their efficacy. ...

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