How zinc starves lethal bacteria to stop infection

21 Jan 2015
3D structure of the protein responsible for zinc starvation of lethal bacteria.

Australian researchers have found that zinc can ‘starve’ one of the world’s most deadly microbes by preventing its uptake of an essential metal.

The finding, by infectious disease researchers at the University of Adelaide and The University of Queensland, opens the way for further work to design antibacterial agents in the fight against Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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