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Exploiting the Antimicrobial Properties of Toadlet Peptide To Kill Bacteria

News   Jan 15, 2021 | Original story from EMBL

 
Exploiting the Antimicrobial Properties of Toadlet Peptide To Kill Bacteria

The peptide uperin 3.5 is secreted by the Australian toadlet's skin. When exposed to bacterial membranes, it rapidly changes its structure and transforms into a deadly antimicrobial weapon. The pictures were taken using a transmission electron microscope (TEM) in the Electron Microscopy Centers in the Technion Department of Materials Science and Engineering and in the Department of Chemical Engineering. The cross-α atomic structure was determined by data collected at the ESRF synchrotron. Credit: Nir Salinas/Technion

 
 
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