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Infections Research: Team discovers how bacteria exploit a chink in the body’s armor

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN) - Scientists have discovered how a unique bacterial enzyme can blunt the body’s key weapons in its fight against infection. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Newcastle University in the U.K. are investigating how infectious microbes can survive attacks by the body’s immune system. By better understanding the bacteria’s defenses, new strategies can be ...
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New Antibiotics Research: BACTERIAL PROTEIN COULD AID DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ANTIBIOTICS

(SOURCE: DUKE UNIVERSITY) - Bacterial cells have an added layer of protection, called the cell wall, that animal cells don’t. Assembling this tough armor entails multiple steps, some of which are targeted by antibiotics like penicillin and vancomycin. Yet one step in the process has remained a mystery because the molecular structures of the proteins involved were not known. Duke University ...
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Infections Research Discovery: Infant’s prolonged infection reveals mutation that helps bacteria tolerate antibiotics

(SOURCE: ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL) - A life-threatening infection in an infant with leukemia led to a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital discovery of how prolonged infection sets the stage for bacterial persistence despite antibiotic susceptibility. The quest to understand a prolonged infection in an infant being treated for leukemia has led to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital discovery of ...
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SUNLIGHT OFFERS SURPRISE BENEFIT – IT ENERGIZES INFECTION FIGHTING T CELLS

(SOURCE: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER) - Sunlight allows us to make vitamin D, credited with healthier living, but a surprise research finding could reveal another powerful benefit of getting some sun. Georgetown University Medical Center researchers have found that sunlight, through a mechanism separate than vitamin D production, energizes T cells that play a central role in human immunity. Their findings, published ...
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Lab Study Shows Genetic Changes in a Protein May Help Predict Risk of Cytomegalovirus Infection

(SOURCE: JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICINE) - Experimenting with human cells and mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have found that a genetic mutation that alters a protein called NOD1 may increase susceptibility to human cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. CMV is a common pathogen that infects almost 60 percent of adults in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and can lead ...
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Study identifies a way to prevent burn injury infection – without antibiotics

(SOURCE: UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER) - A new way to fight multidrug-resistant bacteria by blinding them rather than killing them proved highly effective in a model of burn injuries, UT Southwestern Medical Center research shows. “In the United States, there are more than 1 million burn injuries and 100,000 hospitalizations annually. Up to 75 percent of the mortality in burn patients is associated ...
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Infections Research: New key players found in fighting fungi

(SOURCE: TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH) - Important element of immune defense against fungal infections discovered. Fungal infections are a serious health risk. They can be harmful especially to patients whose immune system is compromised through illness or chemotherapy. A team working at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered an important mechanism in the body's defenses against fungi. The discovery explains, ...
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