Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Sunday, January 8, 2017

New antibiotic for multidrug resistant gonorrhoeae

Scientists at the University of York have harnessed the therapeutic effects of carbon monoxide-releasing molecules to develop a new antibiotic which could be used to treat the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea.

The scientists found that Neisseria gonorrhoeae is more sensitive to CO-based toxicity than other model bacterial pathogens, and may serve as a viable candidate for antimicrobial therapy using CO-RMs. The CO molecule works by binding to the bacteria, preventing them from producing energy.

Professor Fairlamb added: "We think our study is an important breakthrough. It isn't the final drug yet but it is pretty close to it." "People might perceive Neisseria gonorrhoeae as a trivial bacterial infection, but the disease is becoming more dangerous and resistant to antibiotics."

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Scientists develop new antibiotic for gonorrhea

Source: Science Daily

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