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How to Overcome the Antibiotic Crisis

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    Chapter 451 Antibiotics Clinical Development and Pipeline.
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    Chapter 490 Anti-virulence Strategies to Target Bacterial Infections
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    Chapter 491 Anti-infectives in Drug Delivery-Overcoming the Gram-Negative Bacterial Cell Envelope. - PubMed - NCBI
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    Chapter 492 Tackling Threats and Future Problems of Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria
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    Chapter 493 Strategies to Block Bacterial Pathogenesis by Interference with Motility and Chemotaxis
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    Chapter 494 Diagnostics and Resistance Profiling of Bacterial Pathogens
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    Chapter 495 New Horizons in the Development of Novel Needle-Free Immunization Strategies to Increase Vaccination Efficacy
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    Chapter 496 Exploitation of Fungal Biodiversity for Discovery of Novel Antibiotics
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    Chapter 497 Epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus Nasal Carriage Patterns in the Community
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    Chapter 498 Strategies for the Discovery and Development of New Antibiotics from Natural Products: Three Case Studies
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    Chapter 499 History of Antibiotics Research
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    Chapter 501 New Structural Templates for Clinically Validated and Novel Targets in Antimicrobial Drug Research and Development
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    Chapter 502 Synthesis of Antibiotics
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    Chapter 503 Actinobacteria and Myxobacteria—Two of the Most Important Bacterial Resources for Novel Antibiotics
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    Chapter 504 Antibiotics and the Intestinal Microbiome : Individual Responses, Resilience of the Ecosystem, and the Susceptibility to Infections.
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    Chapter 505 Emergence and Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance: Recent Insights from Bacterial Population Genomics
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    Chapter 506 Use of Antibiotics and Antimicrobial Resistance in Veterinary Medicine as Exemplified by the Swine Pathogen Streptococcus suis
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Chapter title
History of Antibiotics Research
Chapter number 499
Book title
How to Overcome the Antibiotic Crisis
Published in
Current topics in microbiology and immunology, October 2016
DOI 10.1007/82_2016_499
Pubmed ID
Book ISBNs
978-3-31-949282-7, 978-3-31-949284-1

Mohr, Kathrin I, Kathrin I. Mohr, Mohr, Kathrin I.


For thousands of years people were delivered helplessly to various kinds of infections, which often reached epidemic proportions and have cost the lives of millions of people. This is precisely the age since mankind has been thinking of infectious diseases and the question of their causes. However, due to a lack of knowledge, the search for strategies to fight, heal, and prevent the spread of communicable diseases was unsuccessful for a long time. It was not until the discovery of the healing effects of (antibiotic producing) molds, the first microscopic observations of microorganisms in the seventeenth century, the refutation of the abiogenesis theory, and the dissolution of the question "What is the nature of infectious diseases?" that the first milestones within the history of antibiotics research were set. Then new discoveries accelerated rapidly: Bacteria could be isolated and cultured and were identified as possible agents of diseases as well as producers of bioactive metabolites. At the same time the first synthetic antibiotics were developed and shortly thereafter, thousands of synthetic substances as well as millions of soil borne bacteria and fungi were screened for bioactivity within numerous microbial laboratories of pharmaceutical companies. New antibiotic classes with different targets were discovered as on assembly line production. With the beginning of the twentieth century, many of the diseases which reached epidemic proportions at the time-e.g., cholera, syphilis, plague, tuberculosis, or typhoid fever, just to name a few, could be combatted with new discovered antibiotics. It should be considered that hundred years ago the market launch of new antibiotics was significantly faster and less complicated than today (where it takes 10-12 years in average between the discovery of a new antibiotic until the launch). After the first euphoria it was quickly realized that bacteria are able to develop, acquire, and spread numerous resistance mechanisms. Whenever a new antibiotic reached the market it did not take long until scientists observed the first resistant germs. Since the marketing of the first antibiotic there is a neck-on-neck race between scientists who discover natural or develop semisynthetic and synthetic bioactive molecules and bacteria, which have developed resistance mechanisms. The emphasis of this chapter is to give an overview of the history of antibiotics research. The situation within the pre-antibiotic era as well as in the early antibiotic era will be described until the Golden Age of Antibiotics will conclude this time travel. The most important antibiotic classes, information about their discovery, activity spectrum, mode of action, resistance mechanisms, and current application will be presented.

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United States 1 <1%
Unknown 937 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 162 17%
Student > Master 112 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 79 8%
Researcher 46 5%
Student > Doctoral Student 36 4%
Other 82 9%
Unknown 421 45%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 153 16%
Medicine and Dentistry 66 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 55 6%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 52 6%
Immunology and Microbiology 50 5%
Other 115 12%
Unknown 447 48%
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