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Monday, December 12, 2011

Mexico : IPN scientist discovers the toxin that causes melioidosis, high mortality in Asia

Machine translated article via La Chronica, excerpt :

" Mexican scientist, National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Abimael Cruz Migoni discovered the toxin that causes melioidosis, which is a step toward developing a vaccine or drug against this disease that causes high mortality in Asia.

Melioidosis is an infection produced by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei and its acute form affects the lungs and causes from mild bronchitis to necrotizing pneumonia.

When the disease spreads through the body, is mortal. The finding of a graduate of the IPN is important because so far there is no effective treatment. Asia has a high rate of deaths, and are comparable to the number-causing Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and tuberculosis. FIND. Abimael Cruz, who performs a post-doctoral work at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Leeds, England, said the discovery of the toxin was recorded when conducting studies on structural proteins in the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, causing melioidosis.

In recent days, the journal Science published the finding. The scientist graduated from the Interdisciplinary Professional Unit Biotechnology (UPIBI) and the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), clarified that the toxin showed that it is one of the weapons powerful forces to account Burkholderia pseudomallei, but not only, because by removing the gene that encodes the bacteria is causing the disease."

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