Antibiotrophs: The complexity of antibiotic-subsisting and antibiotic-resistant microorganisms

Yvon Woappi, Prashant Gabani, Arya Singh, Om V. Singh

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Widespread overuse of antibiotics has led to the emergence of numerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria; among these are antibiotic-subsisting strains capable of surviving in environments with antibiotics as the sole carbon source. This unparalleled expansion of antibiotic resistance reveals the potent and diversified resistance abilities of certain bacterial strains. Moreover, these strains often possess hypermutator phenotypes and virulence transmissibility competent for genomic and proteomic propagation and pathogenicity. Pragmatic and prospicient approaches will be necessary to develop efficient therapeutic methods against such bacteria and to understand the extent of their genomic adaptability. This review aims to reveal the niches of these antibiotic-catabolizing microbes and assesses the underlying factors linking natural microbial antibiotic production, multidrug resistance, and antibiotic-subsistence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-30
Number of pages14
JournalCritical Reviews in Microbiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016


  • Antibiotic-production
  • antibiotic-resistance
  • antibiotic-subsistence
  • antibiotrophs
  • extremophiles
  • gene-transfer
  • multi-drug resistance
  • systems biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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