Combined antimicrobial activity of photodynamic inactivation and antimicrobials-state of the art

Agata Woźniak , Mariusz Grinholc


Antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation (aPDI) is a promising tool for the eradication of life-threatening pathogens with different profiles of resistance. This study presents the state-of-the-art published studies that have been dedicated to analyzing the bactericidal effects of combining aPDI and routinely applied antibiotics in in vitro (using biofilm and planktonic cultures) and in vivo experiments. Furthermore, the current paper reviews the methodology used to obtain the published data that describes the synergy between these antimicrobial approaches. The authors are convinced that even though the combined efficacy of aPDI and antimicrobials could be investigated with the wide range of methods, the use of a unified experimental methodology that is in agreement with antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) is required to investigate possible synergistic cooperation between aPDI and antimicrobials. Conclusions concerning the possible synergistic activity between the two treatments can be drawn only when appropriate assays are employed. It must be noticed that some of the described papers were just aimed at determination if combined treatments exert enhanced antibacterial outcome, without following the standardmethodology to evaluate the synergistic effect, but inmost of them (18 out of 27) authors indicated the existence of synergy between described antibacterial approaches. In general, the increase in bacterial inactivation was observed when both therapies were used in combination.
Author Agata Woźniak MWB UG i GUMed
Agata Woźniak,,
- Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG
, Mariusz Grinholc KB
Mariusz Grinholc,,
- Department of Biotechnology
Journal seriesFrontiers in Microbiology, ISSN 1664-302X
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.9
Keywords in Englishantimicrobials, antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation, photoinactivation, photosensitizers, synergy
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Score (nominal)35
ScoreMinisterial score = 35.0, 01-06-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 35.0, 01-06-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 4.076 (2) - 2016=4.526 (5)
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