Web Date: June 2, 2011
Detecting A Bacterial Toxin's Glow
When bacterial endotoxins, building blocks of the outer membrane in many disease-causing bacteria, enter the human body, they spur an immune response and can lead to sepsis. Now researchers have built a simple lipid-based sensor that glows in the presence of bacterial endotoxins (J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/ja204013u).
Bacterial endotoxins, also called lipopolysaccharides, consist of negatively charged sugars attached . . .
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