Duke research shows protein could hamper resistant bugs

Jun. 09, 2014 @ 03:42 PM

Researchers from Duke University and the University of Sydney in Australia have figured out the structure of a key protein that helps make staphylococcus resistant to antibiotics.

With these new findings in hand, researchers may discover new ways to stop a sort of genetic parasite known as a plasmid from copying themselves and bolstering that resistance.

"If plasmids can't replicate, they go away," said Maria Schumacher, lead author of the study and an associate professor of biochemistry in the Duke University School of Medicine. "This is a fantastic new target for antibiotics."

The work appears the week of June 9 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.