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Web Date: August 24, 2017

Viruslike nanoparticles kill drug-resistant bacteria

The particles could eventually lead to safe, targeted therapies that fight infections and avoid antibiotic resistance
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: Nanomedicines, antibiotic, antimicrobial, drug-resistant bacteria, antibiotic resistance, peptides, bacteriophage, cell membrane, polymer nanoparticle

Viruslike polymer nanoparticles can target and kill different types of bacteria—including antibiotic-resistant strains—while sparing human cells, according to a new study (ACS Infect. Dis. 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.7b00076). What’s more, fine-tuning the size and shape of these fuzzy polymer nanoparticles alters their potency. The strategy could represent a step towards a new class of antimicrobials that could fight infections while avoiding antibiotic resistance.

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