Novel antibiotic deceives bacteria through mimicry

Novel antibiotic deceives bacteria through mimicry

Novel antibiotic deceives bacteria through mimicry

Most antibiotics need to penetrate their target bacteria. But Darobactin, a newly discovered compound, is much too large to do so. Nonetheless, it kills many antibiotic-resistant pathogens—by exploiting a tiny weak spot on their surface. Basel researchers have now revealed the amazing mechanism at play and thereby opened the door to developing completely new medicines.
Novel antibiotic deceives bacteria through mimicry