Non-antibiotic drugs also speed up the spread of antibiotic resistance

phys.org | 11/16/2018 | Staff
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New research from The University of Queensland has found non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals can significantly promote the spread of antibiotic resistance via bacterial mating.

A study led by Dr Jianhua Guo from UQ's Advanced Water Management Centre said while antibiotics were known to promote antibiotic resistance, it wasn't known if non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals could also increase bacterial conjugation.

Conjugation - Exchange - Material - Cells - Contact

"Bacterial conjugation is the exchange of genetic material between bacterial cells by direct cell-to-cell contact or by a bridge-like connection between two cells," he said.

"It's believed bacterial conjugation, or bacterial mating, is one of the major pathways to the spread of antibiotic-resistant genes.

Pharmaceuticals - Carbamazepine - Prescription - Drug - Epilepsy

"Recently, we started wondering if non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals such as carbamazepine – a prescription drug used to treat epilepsy and neuropathic pain – can accelerate the transmission of antibiotic resistance through bacterial conjugation."

More than 1,000 tons of carbamazepine is consumed worldwide each year.

Environments - Years - Resistance - Biodegradation

It can accumulate and remain in various environments for years because of its resistance to biodegradation.

UQ PhD student Yue Wang said the research found...
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