Plant-Based Drug Can Fight Resistant TB, The Scripps Research Institute Study

Published: Dec 21, 2015

Scientists from India and the US say they have discovered a group of compounds that can kill Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium responsible for causing tuberculosis (TB), by disabling a major defence mechanism it uses to survive in the human body.

Amit Singh at the department of microbiology and cell biology, centre for infectious disease and research at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, says, “These compounds show tremendous promise as lead scaffolds for the development of new, anti-TB treatments. Specifically, these compounds inhibit the function of a critical enzyme responsible for survival of M. tuberculosis.”

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