Although antibiotic-resistant pathogens pose a significant threat to human health, the environmental reservoirs of the resistance determinants are still poorly understood. This study reports the detection of resistance genes (ermB, mecA, mupA, qnrA, qnrB and tetL) to antibiotics among certain culturable and unculturable bacteria associated with the marine sponge Petromica citrina. The antimicrobial activities elicited by P. citrina and its associated bacteria are also described. The results indicate that the marine environment could play an important role in the development of antibiotic resistance and the dissemination of resistance genes among bacteria.
Laport, M. S., Pontes, P. V. M., dos Santos, D. S., Santos-Gandelman, J. de F., Muricy, G., Bauwens, M., … George, I. (2016). Antibiotic resistance genes detected in the marine sponge Petromica citrina from Brazilian coast. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, 47(3), 617–620. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjm.2016.04.016