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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 159157, 9 pages
Review Article

Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection

1Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, No. 3 People's Hospital, and Institute of Traumatic Medicine, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 280 Mohe Road, Shanghai 201900, China
2Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Department of Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02114, USA

Received 18 October 2012; Accepted 29 January 2013

Academic Editor: Jorge Berlanga Acosta

Copyright © 2013 Xiu-jun Fu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Nowadays methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one of the most common multidrug resistant bacteria both in hospitals and in the community. In the last two decades, there has been growing concern about the increasing resistance to MRSA of the most potent antibiotic glycopeptides. MRSA infection poses a serious problem for physicians and their patients. Photosensitizer-mediated antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (PDT) appears to be a promising and innovative approach for treating multidrug resistant infection. In spite of encouraging reports of the use of antimicrobial PDT to inactivate MRSA in large in vitro studies, there are only few in vivo studies. Therefore, applying PDT in the clinic for MRSA infection is still a long way off.