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Vol.14 ISSUE 4 Oct. - Dec. 2016

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Department of Zoology, University of Madras
Chennai, India

Vol.14 ISSUE 4 Oct. - Dec. 2016 - ISSN-0974-1550

Dear Readers,



         Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. With the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) among these organisms the effective prevention and treatment of these diseases are difficult. Further, an ever-increasing range of infections are caused by these microorganisms which are difficult to treat with the presently antibiotics. One such disease is Tuberculosis (TB) caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affects the lungs. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable but the emergence of Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) is a formidable obstacle to effective TB care and prevention globally. In 2015, WHO estimated 480000 people worldwide developed MDR-TB and an additional 100000 people with rifampicin-resistant TB. India, China and the Russian Federation accounted for 45% of the 580000 cases. It was estimated that about 9.5% of these cases were extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). Natural medicine such as the use of herbs and plants had offered solutions to most of the diseases for the mankind. WHO intends to integrate traditional medicine into National Health Systems (NHS) globally.
          This issue themed on TB contains a scientific review article on the therapeutic potentials of plants against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections with comparison to the merits and demerits of conventional medicine. Also we have included reports on the advances in treatment of TB, drugs available in nature, related abstracts and many more. Hope this issue would trigger awareness among the readers in this regard.

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Therapeutic Potentials of Medicinal plants against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) infections

R .Gopinath and Elanchezhiyan Manickan*


Researchers find advanced treatment of tuberculosis by targeting new enzyme

Engineers design a new weapon against bacteria Antimicrobial peptides can kill strains resistant to existing antibiotics



Drugs from nature: Big effects of multiple compounds in small amounts



New class of drugs holds promise for combating antibiotic resistance

Abstracts of Recent Publications

Important E-resources on Microorganisms


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