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Web Date: June 2, 2016

Nanopollens pack a sticky antibacterial punch

Nanoparticles that mimic the rough surface of pollen grains boost the activity of an antibacterial protein
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, JACS In C&EN, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: nanomaterials, nanoparticle, antibacterial, lysozyme, agriculture, Escherichia coli, nanopollen, silica

Scientists are searching far and wide for tools to fight bacterial infection in the face of increasing levels of antibacterial resistance. Recent studies have tried to harness lysozyme, a naturally occurring protein that attacks bacterial cell walls, as an antimicrobial agent. But its activity is too low to breach the less permeable external membrane of gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli and kill them.

Now, researchers have developed supersticky nanoparticles that can deliver lysozyme directly . . .

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