Peptide could help create new antibiotics

03/27/2014 | Medical News Today

The peptide MP196 could be useful in the development of antibiotics that ignore human cells and target drug-resistant bacteria, according to researchers at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. The peptide interacts with bacterial membrane proteins, disturbing biosynthesis and cell respiration, and its destructive effects occur only in the presence of a bacterial fatty acid not present in humans, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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