CSU Biology Majors Publish Breakthrough Study on Treating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Columbus State University biology majors recently published a paper that could ultimately save lives by treating infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria.

The students focused on alternative therapies to treat Acinetobacter baumannii, a bacterium that causes urinary tract infections, pneumonia, burn and wound infections, and septicemia. From their study, they discovered that a particular peptide was effective in killing the bacteria that are resistant to most antibiotics. A growing health public health crisis, infections with A. baumannii commonly result in limited treatment options and sometimes death.

Students involved in the 2015-2017 study were John Spencer, Rowan Pitts, and Rachel Pearson, along with their professor, Lauren King, PhD.

The paper, entitled "The Effects of Antimicrobial Peptides WAM-1 and LL-37 on Multidrug Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii” is currently published online, and will be in the next print issue of the journal Pathogens and Disease.