Enzyme to Curb Bacteria Cell Growth : New Discovery by CCMB Scientists

CCMB director Rakesh Mishra, left, Manjula Reddy and research scholar Ch. Pavan Kumar in Hyderabad.   | Photo Credit: Twitter

Scientists at the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB) have discovered a new enzyme which helps in breaking cell walls of bacteria and hence, offers a potential for a new drug delivery route to arrest the anti-bacterial resistance through existing antibiotic drugs.

They are studying the cell growth in bacteria and have discovered a new enzyme “Murein EndopeptidiaseK” which would cut the bacteria cell wall. The researchers had identified a new enzyme which would act on the protein of cell wall in Escherichia coli (E. coli) that can be a potential drug target.

The findings have been published in the latest issue of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, USA.

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