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Mathematical Modeling of Escherichia coli Kinetics to Predict Growth and Rifampicin-dependent Killing Profile
  • Meltem Elitas,
  • Guleser Kalayci Demir,
  • Sumeyra Vural Kaymaz
Meltem Elitas
Sabanci Universitesi Muhendislik ve Doga Bilimleri Fakultesi

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Guleser Kalayci Demir
Dokuz Eylul Universitesi Muhendislik Fakultesi
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Sumeyra Vural Kaymaz
Sabanci Universitesi Muhendislik ve Doga Bilimleri Fakultesi
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Antibiotic resistance is a global health threat. To combat against infections, we urgently need better strategies. Currently there are limited number of antibiotics in the treatment repertoire of existing bacterial infections. Among them rifampicin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic against various bacterial pathogens. Efficacy of rifampicin decreases by time due to appearance of rifampicin persister or resistant phenotypes in the population. To benefit more from rifampicin, its current standard dosage might be reconsidered and deeply explored using both computational tools and experimental or clinical studies. In this study, we present the mathematical relationship between the concentration of rifampicin and the growth and killing kinetics of Escherichia coli cells. We generated time-killing curves of Escherichia coli cells in the presence of 4 µg/ml, 16 µg/ml, and 32 µg/ml rifampicin exposures. We fitted time-killing curve data using the lsqcurvefit function in MATLAB to model rifampicin responses of Escherichia coli cells.