Combatting Persister Cells With Substituted Indoles

Sooyeon Song, Thomas K. Wood

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Given that a subpopulation of most bacterial cells becomes dormant due to stress, and that the resting cells of pathogens can revive and reconstitute infections, it is imperative to find methods to treat dormant cells to eradicate infections. The dormant bacteria that are not spores or cysts are known as persister cells. Remarkably, in contrast to the original report that incorrectly indicated indole increases persistence, a large number of indole-related compounds have been found in the last few years that kill persister cells. Hence, in this review, along with a summary of recent results related to persister cell formation and resuscitation, we focus on the ability of indole and substituted indoles to combat the persister cells of both pathogens and non-pathogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1565
JournalFrontiers in Microbiology
StatePublished - Jul 7 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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