Scientists extract protein nanomachines from bacteria

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Today, a talented team of microbiologists from the University of Southern California in the United States presented the results of their rather long work on the study of the so-called theilocins – special natural protein nanomachines produced by living bacteria. Some bacterial species are particularly well noted in this business and represent a very promising type of bacteria that can be used to create fully controlled bacterial agents that can effectively fight various kinds of harmful cells in the human body – for example, cancer-infected cells that affect and healthy cells too.

These protein nanomachines are named so conditionally as to emphasize their extremely high degree of efficiency and make of them a full-fledged kind of bacterial machines that can influence the state of cells as such – scientists noted that their main purpose and functionality is hidden in attacking harmful cells and literally pulling ions and other structural elements out of them, thereby leading the cell to death. It is worth noting that theilocins are very similar in their characteristics to bacteriophages, with the only exception that they do not have a head that contains the viral DNA of phages – but this is where the main differences end, since in their degree of maneuverability, theilocins are in no way inferior to bacteriophages.

On the other hand, it is still too early to talk about the final form of these protein nanomachines, since the Californian specialists in chemical engineering have begun only the first stage of the deployment of this project.

We can say for sure that in the future the research team will work towards extracting and increasing the functionality for this kind of protein nanomachines, since they have a really promising nature – they can become the next really effective answer to the question of how to fight in a new way. with various autoimmune diseases and some cellular disorders.

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