Powerful Protein

University of Würzburg researchers found in a new study that a tiny protein plays a crucial role in the activation of genes in the meningococci bacteria that causes meningitis & sepsis.

According to the scientists, “An RNA-binding protein known as ProQ, is associated with the activation of over 250 bacterial genes. ProQ facilitates the improved repairing of the bacteria’s DNA when they undergo damage. It also protects them from oxidative stress. The bacteria’s pathogenic properties are directly linked to these factors.”  Vogel, director of the team said, “Understanding the RNA-binding process in bacteria can help unearth new soft spots for antibacterial agents.”

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