Mucus inhibits the growth of bacteria
The subtle way mucus disarms microbes - interesting science news

Mucus, which lines 200 square meter of our bodies including lungs and digestive tract is not just a physical barrier can also disarm microbes preventing them from causing infections.

Glycans, which are found in the mucus are mainly responsible for this property. Researchers studied the effects of glycans on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and discovered that this microbe no longer produced toxins or expressed genes, which are necessary for bacterial communication.

This newly discovered property might be useful in finding new ways to treat antibiotic resistance in addition to traditional antibiotics.

Read the full story: MIT news
Scientific publication: Nature Microbiology

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