Antibiotics affect balance of intestinal microbiome

Interplay between fungi and bacteria impaired

Cross-kingdom interactions among fungi and bacteria species (Seelbinder et al., Microbiome 2020)

Treatment with antibiotics has a lasting effect on the microbiome in the digestive system. While the bacterial flora is largely regenerated within 30 to 90 days after drug treatment, its interaction with resident fungi changes. In a combination of bioinformatic analyses and laboratory experiments, an international team of researchers has shown now that the peaceful coexistence of bacteria and fungi changes into a competitive situation when they are treated with antibiotics. This could subsequently favour fungal infections.



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Bastian Seelbinder

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Dr. Jiarui Chen


Dr. Sascha Brunke

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Dr. Rakesh Santhanam

Daniel Loos

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