Journal article

Silver potentiates aminoglycoside toxicity by enhancing their uptake

Marion Herisse, Yohann Duverger, Isabelle Martin-Verstraete, Frederic Barras, Benjamin Ezraty



The predicted shortage in new antibiotics has prompted research for chemicals that could act as adjuvant and enhance efficacy of available antibiotics. In this study, we tested the effects of combining metals with aminoglycosides on Escherichia coli survival. The best synergizing combination resulted from mixing aminoglycosides with silver. Using genetic and aminoglycoside uptake assays, we showed that silver potentiates aminoglycoside action in by-passing the PMF-dependent step, but depended upon protein translation. We showed that oxidative stress or Fe-S cluster destabilization were not mandatory factors for silver potentiating action. Last, we showed that silver allows aminoglycosides to..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Agence Nationale Recherche (ANR)

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank members of the FB group for comments on the manuscript and advices and discussions throughout the work. We are grateful to the referees for insightful criticisms and comments. We are grateful to E. Bouveret (LISM, Marseille) and to T.P. Stinear (University of Melbourne, Australia) for critical reading the manuscript and providing feedback. M. H. was supported by the Fondation pour la Recherche Medicale (FRM). This work was supported by grants from Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) and Agence Nationale Recherche (ANR) (# ANR-15- JAMR-0003-02 Combinatorial).