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Bacteriophages as Environmental Reservoirs of Antibiotic Resistance
- Calero-Cáceres, William, Ye, Mao, Balcázar, José Luis
- Trends in microbiology 2019 v.27 no.7 pp. 570-577
- antibiotic resistance, antibiotic resistance genes, bacteriophages, public health
- Although antibiotic resistance represents a significant and growing public health concern, the contribution of bacteriophages (phages) to the mobilization of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in the environment has not been extensively studied. Recent studies, however, suggest that phages play an important role in the acquisition, maintenance, and spread of ARGs than previously expected. This Opinion article offers an update on the contribution of phages to environmental antibiotic resistance. A better understanding of the mechanisms and factors that promote antibiotic resistance may significantly contribute to the implementation of control strategies.