Antibiotic Resistance in Campylobacter jejuni: Mechanism, Status, and Public Health Significance

  • Javed Ahamad Khan
  • Hussein Hasan AbulreeshEmail author
  • Ramesh Kumar
  • Samreen
  • Iqbal Ahmad


Emergence of antibiotic resistance is a never-ending process in the bacteria due its vast capacity to resist and acquire various resistance mechanisms against antibacterial drugs. Campylobacter is a well-known pathogenic bacteria to human and animals and survive in different environment including foods. Species of campylobacters is responsible of gastritis and diarrheal and other diseases. Common resistance mechanisms present in Gram-negative bacteria include modification in the target site of antibiotic, inability of the antibiotic to reach its target by expressing major outer membrane proteins (MOMPs), efflux action of the antibiotic through CmeABC pumps, and inactivation or modification of the antibiotic. The plasmid along with chromosomal encoded genes are responsible for resistance. Mutation and acquisition of resistance genes are the common genetic mechanism found in Campylobacter spp.; considering the widespread occurrence of drug-resistant campylobacters in the environment, specific strategies to control the emergence and spread are needed. In this chapter, we have reviewed the recent literature on the mechanism of resistance and current status of prevalence of Campylobacter jejuni in the environment and its significance in human health.


Campylobacter C. jejuni Antibiotic Antibiotic resistance Public health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javed Ahamad Khan
    • 1
  • Hussein Hasan Abulreesh
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ramesh Kumar
    • 3
  • Samreen
    • 4
  • Iqbal Ahmad
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Graduate StudiesQuantum UniversityRoorkeeIndia
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Faculty of Applied ScienceUmm Al-Qura UniversityMakkahKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  3. 3.Division of BiochemistryIndian Veterinary Research InstituteBareillyIndia
  4. 4.Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Faculty of Agricultural SciencesAligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhIndia

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