Scorpion venom heals deadly bacterial infections
23.7.2012- A recent study has shown that peptides taken from the venom of scorpions can destroy antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.
Researchers at Wuhan University in China extracted peptides from the venom of the Mesobuthus martensii scorpion, strengthened its antibacterial action and applied it to skin infections in mice. The peptide mixture, although quite toxic in its pure form, has properties that kill methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and E. coli. The peptide mixture, called Kn2-7, can easily bind to bacterial molecules, killing them immediately.
'Compared with conventional antibiotics, Kn2-7 has many advantages, such as broad-spectrum activities, rapid killing ability, low levels of induced resistance, and broad anti-inflammatory activities,' wrote the researchers.
The researchers believe there is potential for topical use in humans with drug-resistant bacterial infections, however, more studies need to be performed before any conclusions can be made.
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Image: Mesobuthus martensii scorpion. Credit: davidricardoabrenica on Flickr.