Using powerful X-rays, the UpaB protein has been pictured digitally for the first time. Image: La Trobe University
Protein that sticks bacteria to our skin imaged - life short science news

Bacteria produce a protein, named UpaB, that helps them stick to the human skin. In a new study, researchers have modeled this superglue protein of a pathogen that causes urinary tract infection, but similar proteins have been found in other bacteria as well.

The imaging of the UpaB protein helps scientists to better understand how bacterial adhesion is brought about, and may give rise to new treatment options to remove harmful bacteria from infected body parts.

This would then present an alternative way of treating bacterial infections, not relying on antibiotics.

Read the full story: La Trobe University
Scientific publication: Nature Communications