Indian researchers discover new ways of countering bacteria
Indian researchers have recently discovered that a previously unknown enzyme can affect the synthesis of bacterial cell walls. With this enzyme in focus, they are expected to develop new antibacterial drugs.
Researchers at the Indian Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology published a paper in a new issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They found that a special peptidoglycan hydrolase plays a key role in cell wall synthesis when studying Ecoli. The enzyme “cuts” the original cell wall, providing space for newly created cell wall tissue, thereby expanding the cell wall and allowing the bacteria to grow and reproduce.
The researchers say the enzyme is also present in other bacteria. If it can inhibit the function of this enzyme, it is expected to open up a new antibacterial route and develop a new drug that can kill bacteria.
(Xinhua News Agency, New Delhi)