Possible Treatment for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria….in Breast Milk?

The fear of antibiotic resistant bacteria is increasing around the world. Especially in hospitals located in over-populated cities. Take MRSA for instance, the most likely place to contract this bacteria is a hospital.

Coming in contact with the bacteria wouldn’t be so serious if it wasn’t becoming more and more resistant to the antibiotics available today. And on top of that, pharmaceutical companies aren’t working to develop new antibiotics since profits are low on these drugs. Thankfully, some researchers are taking this real threat seriously and working to find a solution.

It turns out that a protein-lipid complex (HAMLET) found in human breast milk may hold the key to increasing the effectiveness of current antibiotics against these bacteria. Initial trials both in vitro and in mice have proven successful in increasing the ability of antibiotics to eliminate MRSA. The molecule seems to work by binding to ion pumps in the cell wall of the bacteria affecting the ion concentration gradient and structure of its cell wall making it more vulnerable to antibiotics.

Read the full article in the Journal Plos One to learn more about what these researchers are accomplishing in the fight against resistant bacteria.

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