Concerns regarding increased prevalence of daptomycin (DAP)-resistant strains necessitate novel therapies for Enterococcus faecium infections. Obligately lytic bacteriophages are viruses that target, infect, and kill bacterial cells. Limited studies have evaluated phage-antibiotic combinations against E. faecium. After an initial screen of eight E. faecium strains, three strains with varying DAP/phage susceptibilities were selected for further experiments. Phage-to-strain specificity contributed to synergy with antibiotics by time-kill analyses and was associated with lower development of phage resistance.
- Bacteriophage-antibiotic combinations
- Enterococcus faecium
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases