New approach for determination of antimicrobial susceptibility to antibiotics by an acoustic sensor

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For the first time, a rapid method was proposed to determine the susceptibility of Escherichia coli cells to antibiotics by the example of ampicillin by using a biological sensor based on a slot mode in an acoustic delay line. It has been established that an indicator of the antibiotic activity to microbial cells is the difference between the recorded sensor’s signal before and after exposure cells with antibiotic. The depth and frequency of the peaks of resonant absorption in the frequency dependence of the insertion loss of sensor varied after adding an antibiotic with different concentrations to the microbial cells. By using the acoustic sensor based on slot-mode a criterion of E. coli sensitivity to ampicillin was established. The advantages of this method are the ability to carry out the analysis directly in the liquid, the short analysis time (within 10–15 min), and the possibility to reusable sensor.

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Guliy, O.I., Zaitsev, B.D. & Borodina, I.A. New approach for determination of antimicrobial susceptibility to antibiotics by an acoustic sensor. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 104, 1283–1290 (2020) doi:10.1007/s00253-019-10295-2

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  • Escherichia coli
  • Ampicillin
  • Sensor based on a slot mode in acoustic delay line
  • Express analysis of antibiotic susceptibility