Skin peptides can protect against superbugs

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One of the most problematic and realistic scenarios in which humanity expects its death is a scenario with the prevalence of the so-called superbacteria – special bacterial organisms characterized by a significantly higher level of danger for living cells. Therefore, many scientists of the team are actively looking for a way to not only prevent, but completely reverse this process from the side of super bacteria, and today a team of specialists from the InStem Institute presented the results of their extremely interesting work, tied to the use of special peptides produced by human skin cells.

In particular, we are talking about the use of antimicrobial peptides AMP, which are produced by skin cells and which can quite effectively destroy problematic bacteria and viral infections – and they do it in several directions at once, attacking not only the central part of the bacterium, but also its other components, which makes defense against AMP quite complicated. So the specialists, having ascertained the high efficiency of this method of controlling superbacteria using the internal resources of the immune system, decided to find a way to artificially strengthen this moment – and they succeeded.

The fact is that they found an indisputable relationship between the rate of production of such antimicrobial peptides and the level of a hormone called caspaz-8. After conducting several laboratory tests during which artificial scientists reduced caspase-8, they were able to significantly accelerate the production of skin peptides, offering a truly unique way to improve them.

Such a new approach can become truly fundamental in relation to the higher efficiency of combating superbacteria and various bacteriological groups, in particular because in this way a more indicative and multifunctional version of the drug against superbacteria can be developed. It remains only to wait for new news from the laboratory test fronts and based on them already draw certain conclusions.

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