Efficacy of phage therapy in preclinical models of bacterial infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis

  28 November 2022

Antimicrobial resistance of bacterial pathogens is an increasing clinical problem and alternative approaches to antibiotic chemotherapy are needed. One of these approaches is the use of lytic bacterial viruses known as phage therapy. We aimed to assess the efficacy of phage therapy in preclinical animal models of bacterial infection.

Phage therapy significantly improved animal survival and reduced organ bacterial loads compared with placebo in preclinical animal models. However, high heterogeneity was observed in some comparisons. More evidence is needed to identify the factors influencing phage therapy performance to improve future clinical application.

Further reading: The Lancet Microbe
Author(s): Sergio AlejandroG├│mez-Ochoa et al
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