About this Research Topic
In these current times in which the fight against infectious diseases is the most pressing challenge of Health Care, focus on new approaches to manage pathogenic microorganisms and overcome the development of resistances is greatly needed. As such, the goal of this Research Topic is to summarize the latest advances on the clinical usefulness of aPDT in different types of infections including cutaneous and mucous with comparisons to conventional antimicrobials. Moreover, we aim to collect the latest research in the effect against bacteria, fungi, parasites and virus and also explore the possibility to use aPDT in the disinfection of water, surfaces or human fluids. aPDT has also been proven to be an efficient method for the inactivation of pathogens and thus we aim to address whether it can be used alone or in combination with specific antibiotics, allowing for the avoidance resistances.
Accordingly, in this Research Topic we hope to address the following themes:
• Antimicrobial PDT in odontology
• Antimicrobial PDT for leishmaniasis.
• Antimicrobial PDT in fungal diseases.
• Antimicrobial PDT for bacterial infections.
• Antimicrobial PDT for viral infections (including COVID-19)
• Combination of PDT with other therapies against infections.
• Antimicrobial PDT and biofilms.
• Antimicrobial PDT for chronic wounds.
• Inmunological effect of antimicrobial PDT.
• The effect of antimicrobial PDT on the microbiome.
MRH declares that they were supported by US NIH Grants R01AI050875 and R21AI121700. All other Topic Editors declare no conflicts of interest.
Keywords: Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy, Bacterial Resistance, Infection
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