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Researchers in Florida are reporting an
advance toward tapping the enormous potential of an emerging new group of
antibiotics identical to certain germ-fighting proteins found in the human
immune system. Their study, which may help fight the growing epidemic of
drug-resistant infections, is in the current (August) issue of ACS’ Biomacromolecules, a monthly
In the new study, D. Matthew
Eby, Glenn Johnson, and Karen Farrington point out that scientists have long
eyed the germ-fighting potential of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). These small
proteins fight a wide range of bacteria and fungi in the body and have the
potential to be developed into powerful drugs to overcome infections that are
resistant to conventional drugs. But scientists report difficulty producing
effective AMPs because the antibiotics are fragile and easily destroyed in the
body. An effective way to stabilize them is needed, they
The scientists discovered that
some AMPs have properties similar to a shell-building protein derived from
marine diatoms, microscopic algae, and that these protective properties may fit
the bill. When an AMP was combined with certain minerals, the antibiotic
developed a coating of silica nanoparticles.
News release from American Chemical Society (ACS) on September 8, 2008.
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