Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Vol.104, No.5, 1955-1976, 2020
Alternative strategies for the application of aminoglycoside antibiotics against the biofilm-forming human pathogenic bacteria
Aminoglycosides are one of the common classes of antibiotics that have been widely used for treating infections caused by pathogenic bacteria. The mechanism of bactericidal action by aminoglycosides is well-known, by which it terminates the cytoplasmic protein synthesis. However, the potentials of aminoglycosides become hindered when facing the evolution of bacterial resistance mechanisms. Among multiple resistance mechanisms displayed by bacteria against antibiotics, the formation of biofilm is the mechanism that provides a barrier for antibiotics to reach the cellular level. Bacteria present in the biofilm also get protection against the impact of host immune responses, harsh environmental conditions, and other antimicrobial treatments. Hence, with the multifaceted resistance developed by biofilm-forming pathogenic bacteria, antibiotics are therefore discontinued for further applications. However, the recent research developed several alternative strategies such as optimization of the active concentration, modification of the environmental conditions, modification of the chemical structure, combinatorial application with other active agents, and formulation with biocompatible carrier materials to revitalize and exploit the new potential of aminoglycosides. The present review article describes the above mentioned multiple approaches and possible mechanisms for the application of aminoglycosides to treat biofilm-associated infections.