(Via phys.org) Ever since their discovery nearly 100 years ago, antibiotics have been the standard treatment for bacterial infection. But increasingly bacteria are becoming more resistant to traditional antibiotic treatments and as a result of this trend a great deal of focus has recently been placed on finding alternatives.
A study published in Nature Biotechnology this month details how a team of international scientists at Bern University in Switzerland have tested a novel substance consisting of lipids created using artificial nanoparticles dubbed: “liposomes”. These liposomes bear a resemblance to the membranes of host cells and act as decoys for bacterial toxins which are then captured by the liposomes and the bacteria is rendered helpless, thus allowing the body’s own immune system to destroy it with little difficulty.
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The abstract for the journal article can be found here.