Harnessing the gut microbiome in the fight against anthelminthic drug resistance

Thomas J. Sharpton, Leigh Combrink, Holly K. Arnold, Christopher A. Gaulke, Michael Kent

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Intestinal helminth parasites present major challenges to the welfare of humans and threaten the global food supply. While the discovery of anthelminthic drugs empowered our ability to offset these harms to society, the alarming rise of anthelminthic drug resistance mitigates contemporary efforts to treat and control intestinal helminthic infections. Fortunately, emerging research points to potential opportunities to combat anthelminthic drug resistance by harnessing the gut microbiome as a resource for discovering novel therapeutics and informing responsible drug administration. In this review, we highlight research that demonstrates this potential and provide rationale to support increased investment in efforts to uncover and translationally utilize knowledge about how the gut microbiome mediates intestinal helminthic infection and its outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-34
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Microbiology
StatePublished - Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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