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Super-Bug Tricks Immune Cells

November 13, 2007

Experts say there is evidence that aggressive community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections “explode” the body’s germ-fighting cells. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the CA-MRSA strain secretes a peptide that causes immune cells called neutrophils to burst, eliminating a key defense against bacterial infection. Researchers hope to develop new ways to either neutralize the peptides or activate the immune system to defend against them.

By the way, do some of the Torontonians still remember SARS?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dr.SALAMA permalink
    February 5, 2008 7:56 am

    Hello!
    I want to get the Article in which this research is puplicated. I searched it but i did,t find anything. can you please send me it.

  2. h. ker permalink
    December 2, 2008 9:41 pm

    Isn’t Staphylococcus aureus a cocci bacteria not a rod shaped? how is that picture of MRSA if its a rod shaped bacteria?

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