In the search for new ways to fight bacterial infections, especially
those caused by antibiotic-resistant strains, scientists are always on the
lookout for essential components of bacterial life cycles that might be good
targets for novel drugs. Now, scientists have discovered clues into the details
of iron metabolism of Staphylococcus aureus, findings
that could open up new avenues for antibacterial drug development to treat
the wide range of infections that S aureus can cause,
from pneumonia to urinary tract and surgical wound
infections (Science. 2004;305:1626-1628).
Hampton T. Staph Bacteria Plunder Heme for Iron. JAMA. 2004;292(17):2071–2072. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.292.17.2071
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