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Pitt discovery holds potential in destroying drug-resistant bacteria
Date:5/7/2013

hat the eCAPs work well against biofilms, which are bacterial communities that develop very high levels of resistance to antibiotics by working together to protect the film's inner bacteria from traditional treatments. The eCAPs seem to push through the outer layers of biofilms to destroy the entire bacterial community.

"It's like a pin bursting a balloon; it's a very rapid action," said Dr. Montelaro. "While cystic fibrosis patients are our initial target and a very high-priority target, we also could look at infections associated with burns or indwelling medical devices, such as venous catheters. We could even look to the biodefense realm, in terms of a rapid, handheld nebulizer treatment that soldiers could use in the case of exposure to a bioterrorism agent."


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Contact: Allison Hydzik & Cyndy McGrath
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University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
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