Microplastics and Nanoplastics – Impact on Antimicrobial Resistance Studied

According to the abstract of a June 29, 2023 Pathogens article https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens12070888 by researchers with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY “… Propagation of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global public health issue that needs special attention concerning horizontal gene transfer (HGT) under micro-nano plastics (MNPs) pressure ... The adsorption of a range of co-contaminants on MNPs leads to the increased interaction of pollutants with microbes resulting in changes in AMR, virulence, toxin production, etc ... This review aims to provide an overview of relevant information available to date and summarize the already existing knowledge about the mechanisms of MNP-microbe interactions. In-depth knowledge of the enhanced ARGs propagation in the environment under the influence of including the different factors with influence on HGT and AMR MNPs could raise the needed awareness, about future consequences and emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria …” #MicroPlastics #NanoPlastics #AntimicrobialResistance @UofIllinois @ClarksonUniv