Reenergizing antibiotics in the war against infections

24 junio 2015

In principle, antibiotics suppress infections either by killing the bacteria, which is called a bactericidal effect or by merely inhibiting their growth, by what is called a bacteriostatic effect. After the treatment has been stopped, growth-inhibited bacteria, however, can re-emerge from their dormancy to start multiplying again with latent infections relapsing back into full-blown attacks. A critical differentiator that separates the effects of bactericidal and bacteriostatic antibiotics has been identified by researchers: cellular respiration.