"Monkey wrench" molecule jams tuberculosis protein

By Savannah Mitchem
7 August, 2017

Tuberculosis has now surpassed HIV worldwide as the leading cause of death due to infectious disease. The bacteria that causes this disease, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), is quickly developing resistance to currently available antibiotics, increasing the urgency for discovery of new drugs.

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory were part of a recent discovery of a new molecule called an inhibitor that attacks tuberculosis-causing bacteria by cutting off its production of a chemical necessary for its survival.

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