Recent Patents on Biotechnology

Nikolaos Labrou
Laboratory of Enzyme Technology, Department of Biotechnology
Agricultural University of Athens Iera Odos 75, Gr-118 55
Athens
Greece

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Production and Application of Bacteriophage and Bacteriophage-Encoded Lysins

Author(s): Noemie M. Dorval Courchesne, Albert Parisien, Christopher Q. Lan.

Abstract:

The widespread resistance to antibiotics among pathogenic bacteria has made development of alternatives to antibiotics a pressing public concern. Extensive studies have established bacteriophages (phages) and phage-encoded lytic enzymes (virolysins) as two of the most promising families of alternative antibacterials for the treatment and prophylaxis of bacterial infections. They have shown great potential in veterinary and human medicine for the treatment and prophylaxis of infections. Technologies have also been patented employing phages and virolysins in other pathogen related applications including detection and decontamination.

Keywords: Virolysin, antibiotic resistance, lytic enzyme, lysin, bacteriophage

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Article Details

VOLUME: 3
ISSUE: 1
Year: 2009
Page: [37 - 45]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/187220809787172678