Antibiotics from fish mucus?

Because more and more bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, researchers are constantly on the search for new drugs and also unusual possibilities. In the mucus that covers the skin of young fish, they were now able to find. There, a Team of Oregon State University discovered bacteria and a promising antibiotic activity against known, and even multi-exhibit-resistant pathogens.

"For us, an investigation wert&quot is any microbe in the sea environment, which could provide a new active substance, ;, Dr. Sandra Loesgen, head of the research team says. A potential Goldmine could be the mucus that covers the surface of the fish. He protects the animals against bacteria, fungi and viruses in your environment and is rich in microorganisms with antibacterial activity.

The researchers examined 47 different strains of bacteria from the mucus of a young deep – sea and surface fishing on the southern California coast. The Team analysed young fish, because they have a less developed immune system and more slime on the exterior of your shed. Five of the bacterial strains showed a strong effect against Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), and three inhibited Candida albicans, a human pathogenic fungus. Even the growth of a cancer cell line was inhibited by one of the tribes.

The new antibiotics may not only be useful for society, but also help to reduce the use of antibiotics in fish farming by better antibiotics are developed, specifically against micro-organisms on fish. The researchers presented their findings at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society.


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