Diabetic foot ulcer treatment currently focuses on targeting bacterial biofilms, while dismissing fungi. To investigate this we used an in vitro biofilm model containing bacteria and fungi, reflective of the wound environment, to test the impact of antimicrobials. Here we showed that while mono-treatment approaches influenced biofilm composition it had no discernible effect on overall quantity. Only by combining bacterial and fungal specific antibiotics were we able to decrease the biofilm bioburden, irrespective of composition.
- antimicrobial agents
- wound healing
- foot ulcers
Townsend, E. M., Sherry, L., Kean, R., Hansom, D., Mackay, W. G., Williams, C., Butcher, J., & Ramage, G. (2017). Implications of antimicrobial combinations in complex wound biofilms containing fungi. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 61(9), e00672. https://doi.org/10.1128/AAC.00672-17