New analogues of the potent antibiotic teixobactin could be instrumental in the fight against multi-drug resistant pathogens.
By replacing a rare amino acid in the structure of teixobactin, UK researchers have unlocked the door to cheaper and easier-to-manufacture forms of this potent antibiotic.
Scientists in the US reported their discovery of teixobactin in 2015. It works against multi-drug resistant pathogens, but as it contains a rare and difficult to manufacture amino acid it is hard to make.
Read the full story by Tabitha Watson on Chemistry World.