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Antibiotic resistance genes detected in the marine sponge Petromica citrina from Brazilian coast
Laport, M.S.; Pontes, P.V.M.; dos Santos, D.S.; Santos-Gandelman, J.F.; Muricy, G.; Bauwens, M.; Giambiagi-deMarval, M.; George, I. (2016). Antibiotic resistance genes detected in the marine sponge Petromica citrina from Brazilian coast. Braz. J. Microbiol. 47(3): 617-620. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bjm.2016.04.016
In: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology. Sociedade Brasileira de Microbiologia: São Paulo. ISSN 1517-8382; e-ISSN 1678-4405
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Keywords
    Porifera [WoRMS]
    Marine/Coastal
Author keywords
    Microbes; Natural hotspots; Porifera; Resistance; Rio de Janeiro

Authors  Top 
  • Laport, M.S.
  • Pontes, P.V.M.
  • dos Santos, D.S.
  • Santos-Gandelman, J.F.
  • Muricy, G.
  • Bauwens, M.
  • Giambiagi-deMarval, M.
  • George, I.

Abstract
    Although antibiotic-resistant pathogens pose a significant threat to human health, the environmental reservoirs of the resistance determinants are still poorly understood. This study reports the detection of resistance genes (ermB, mecA, mupA, qnrA, qnrB and tetL) to antibiotics among certain culturable and unculturable bacteria associated with the marine sponge Petromica citrina. The antimicrobial activities elicited by P. citrina and its associated bacteria are also described. The results indicate that the marine environment could play an important role in the development of antibiotic resistance and the dissemination of resistance genes among bacteria.

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