Deceiving cell walls
... proteins that have a critical effect on the infectiousness of pneumococcal bacteria.
The cell walls of pneumococci contain special polymers, called teichoic
acids, that are equipped with phosphocholine groups and induce a characteristic choline architecture on the cell walls. The choline groups act as dock...
Pair of studies offer new clues to combat antibiotic resistance
...n the journal, researchers at Harvard Medical School and Harvard University built synthetic versions of natural substrates used by key enzymes to make teichoic
acids, polymeric structures in the membrane surrounding gram-positive bacteria. The polymers are considered essential for bacterial survival. Until no...