Bacteria treats, prevents E. coli infection in rabbits

11/22/2011 |

In a rabbit study, scientists used protein from the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria to produce an antibiotic that prevents and treats infection with E. coli O157:H7, a pathogen that causes infection in more than 70,000 people in the U.S. each year. The proteins, R-type pyocins, adapted from viruses, are able to kill other bacteria by using a modified "tail" that attaches to and kills other bacterial cells by perforating the cell wall.

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