Weakness of Superbugs unraveled
The world has been struggling to fight superbug infections for quite some time. For those who are still unaware of what superbugs are, they are a form of evolved bacterial organisms which resist the impact of antibiotics and continue to grow in human body regardless of the heavy dosage of antibiotics the patient is treated to.
A team of British scientists has unraveled the weakness of Superbugs. This comes as a good news to many, however, there is no cure found yet. The weakness in the superbug bacteria is now uncovered and scientists have expressed hope to develop an effective treatment eventually through further research to ward off these bacteria.
The research has revealed that gram negative bacterial cells transport the barrier’s molecular bricks in a certain way which is what is keeping them resistant against powerful antibiotics.
Prof. Changjiang Dong of the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School said in a statement “We have identified the path and gate used by the bacteria to transport the barrier building blocks to the outer surface. Importantly we have demonstrated that the bacteria would die if the gate is locked.”
He also added, “This is really important because drug-resistant bacteria is a global health problem. Many current antibiotics are becoming useless, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths each year.”
Earlier this year, England’s Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies has warned the world about the superbugs or drug resistant bacteria which can cause infections that claim the person’s life as they are mostly untreatable. She also requested the countries to take immediate action to study the bacteria and develop strategies and cures to treat the infections.
The most common gram negative bacteria is Escherichia coli or E coli as it is popularly known which causes several diseases which are resistant to medications. Notably, these bacteria evolve several mechanisms and develop resistance against drugs.