Abstract The multi-drug resistance of the opportunistic pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii is of growing concern, with many clinical isolates proving to be resistant to last resort as well as front line antibiotic treatments. The use of bacteriophages is an attractive alternative to controlling and treating this emerging nosocomial pathogen. In this study, we have investigated bacteriophages collected from hospital wastewater in Thailand and we have explored their activity against clinical isolates of A. baumannii. Bacteriophage vB_AbaM_PhT2 showed 28% host range against 150 multidrug resistant (MDR) isolates and whole genome sequencing did not detect any known virulence factors or antibiotic resistance genes. Purified vB_AbaM_PhT2 samples had endotoxin levels below those recommended for preclinical trials and were not shown to be directly cytotoxic to human cell lines in vitro.



Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

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Citation Styles KM, Thummeepak R, Leungtongkam U, et al. Investigating Bacteriophages Targeting the Opportunistic Pathogen Acinetobacter baumanniiAntibiotics (Basel). 2020;9(4):E200. Published 2020 Apr 22. doi:10.3390/antibiotics9040200