Brazilian Peppertree May Help Fight Deadly Superbugs
A new study, executed by the team of scientists from Emory University, finds that red berries of the Brazilian peppertree contain a substance able to fight deadly superbugs.
For the study, the scientists separated the ingredients of the berries to see if they could prevent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in mice. The MRSA is a drug-resistant superbug posing a risk to hospital patients. The researchers injected all rodents with the bacteria and gave the plant compound to some of them. Those rodents that received plant compound inhibited the growth of lesions.
Lead researcher Cassandra Quave, an assistant professor in Emory’s Center for the Study of Human Health and in the School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology, says: “We’re really at an urgent time for discovery of new chemical matter and new mechanisms for dealing with infectious diseases because we are standing on the precipice of a post-antibiotic era.”
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