Single Receptor Holds Entry Key for 3 Meningitis Bacteria

Kingman, Sharon
May 2009
BioWorld International;5/20/2009, Vol. 14 Issue 20, p1
This article reports on the findings by researchers at the University of Nottingham in Great Britain and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee that three unrelated bacteria that cause meningitis all target the same molecule on the cells lining the blood vessels in the human brain. The bacteria are known as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitis and Haemophilus influenza. The findings means that it is possible to develop a therapy that would treat meningitis caused by these bacteria.


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