Study in the Journal Cell IDs First Molecules That Protect Cells Against Deadly Ricin Poison; Scientist See Potential Shield Against Bioterror Weapon
4/19/2010 8:02:55 AM
ScienceDaily (Apr. 15, 2010) — The results of a high-throughput screen of thousands of chemicals in search of agents that could protect cells, and ultimately people, against the deadly ricin poison has turned up two contenders. Even better, the compounds also render cells immune to the effects of Shiga-like toxins that are produced by infectious strains of E. coli bacteria among other pathogens, suggesting they may be useful against other threats to public health and in fact any toxin that takes the same route to enter cells.