Published a study that reveals a strategy used by bacteria against the defense molecules of our innate immune system
Our body produces molecules, called antimicrobial peptides, which defend us against infections, including those caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotic treatments. However, a new study has shown that bacteria can become immune to these defenses, thickening and staying close together, a bit like soldiers of the Macedonian phalanx or the tortoise formation of the Roman legions did. The research, entitled “Inoculum effect of antimicrobial peptides”, is the result of a collaboration between the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Sapienza University of Rome, the Italian Institute of Technology and the University of Copenhagen and the results have been published in the prestigious journal of American Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS).
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