Dr. Mariagrazia Di Luca from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin Hospital, Berlin, Germany was invited to give a presentation during Florence Targeting Phage & Antibiotic Resistance Congress 2017. Her presentation will present the role of the lytic bacteriophages in the treatment of biofilm-forming bacteria involved in prosthetic joint infections.
According to Dr Di Luca, the infections involving medical implants represent a unique challenge due to the formation of biofilm in which bacteria are up to a thousand times more resistant to antibiotics than their planktonic counterparts. Lytic bacteriophages, when active against biofilms, represent a promising treatment, particularly against drug resistant bacteria.
The present communication will focus on the anti-biofilm activity of both commercially available and newly isolated bacteriophages against bacterial strains relevant in the context of prosthetic joint infection.
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