Artificial bait for bacterial toxins
In clinical medicine, liposomes are used to deliver specific medication into the body of patients. Here, the Bernese scientists have created liposomes which attract bacterial toxins and so protect host cells from a dangerous toxin attack.
A study group have made an irresistible bait for bacterial toxins. The toxins are fatally attracted to the liposomes, and once they are attached, they can be eliminated easily without danger for the host cells. Since the bacteria are not targeted directly, the liposomes do not promote the development of bacterial resistance. Mice which were treated with the liposomes after experimental, fatal septicemia survived without additional antibiotic therapy.
A possible alternative to antibiotics