Cholera bacteria infect more effectively with a simple twist of shape

Posted by on January 12, 2017 5:01 pm
Categories: health

The bacteria behind the life-threatening disease cholera initiates infection by coordinating a wave of mass shapeshifting that allows them to more effectively penetrate their victims’ intestines, researchers have found. The researchers also identified the protein that allows Vibrio cholerae to morph, and found that it’s activated through quorum sensing. The findings could lead to new treatments for cholera that target the bacteria’s ability to change shape or penetrate the gut.

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