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Strategies for Tackling Drug Resistance in Tuberculosis

  • Laurent MaveyraudEmail author
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Abstract

Tuberculosis still represents a serious threat to mankind, although drugs exist for more than 50 years to cure the disease. Indeed, TB killed 1.8 million people last year, ranking first as the most fatal infectious disease. This alarming situation results not only from coinfection with HIV but also from the emergence and the continuous evolution of drug-resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis: there are cases where no available drugs are able to cure the disease. A review of the drugs currently used, as well as those being developed, is proposed. Some of the strategies pursued for tackling drug resistance are also presented, illustrated with examples issued from the latest literature.

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  1. 1.Institut de Pharmacologie et Biologie Structurale, IPBS, Université de ToulouseCNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, UPS - Université Paul SabatierToulouseFrance

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