Antimicrobial research investigates the mechanisms of action and resistance to antibiotics as well as exploring the role of antibiotic resistance in the ability of pathogenic bacteria to cause infection.
The increasing rates of antibiotic resistant infections are caused by antibiotic use from human and veterinary medicine increased research on antimicrobial agents. Some organisms are naturally resistant but the term most often refers to acquired resistance, which can be a result of either new mutations or transfer of resistance genes between organisms. Any use of antibiotics can increase selective pressure in a population of bacteria, promoting resistant bacteria and causing vulnerable bacteria to die. As resistance to antibiotics becomes more common there is greater need for alternative treatments. Resistant microbes may require other medications or higher doses – often with more side effects, some of which may be life threatening on their own.
Related Journals of Antimicrobial Research
Research & Reviews: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Experimental Cell Research, International Arabic Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Journal of Biological Research.