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The Resilience of <i>Pseudomonas aeruginosa</i> to Antibiotics and the Designing of Antimicrobial Peptides to Overcome Microbial Resistance

[ Vol. 30 , Issue. 1 ]


Daniel Juárez-López, Estefanía Morales-Ruiz, Leonardo D. Herrera-Zúñiga, Zuriel González-Carrera, Elizabeth Cuevas-Reyes, Gerardo Corzo, Alejandro Schcolnik-Cabrera* and Elba Villegas*   Pages 72 - 103 ( 32 )


Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is a bacterium of medical concern known for its potential to persist in diverse environments due to its metabolic capacity. Its survival ability is linked to its relatively large genome of 5.5-7 Mbp, from which several genes are employed in overcoming conventional antibiotic treatments and promoting resistance. The worldwide prevalence of antibiotic-resistant clones of P. aeruginosa necessitates novel approaches to researching their multiple resistance mechanisms, such as the use of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). In this review, we briefly discuss the epidemiology of the resistant strains of P. aeruginosa and then describe their resistance mechanisms. Next, we explain the biology of AMPs, enlist the present database platforms that describe AMPs, and discuss their usefulness and limitations in treating P. aeruginosa strains. Finally, we present 13 AMPs with theoretical action against P. aeruginosa, all of which we evaluated in silico in this work. Our results suggest that the AMPs we evaluated have a carpet-like mode of action with a membranolytic function in Gram-positive and Gramnegative bacteria, with a clear potential of synthesis for in vitro evaluation.


Pseudomonas aeruginosa, antimicrobial peptides, in silico design, AMP, antimicrobial resistance.


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