The team coordinated by Astrid Pérez Gómez and Germán Bou, researchers of the Microbiology Research Group of CHUAC belonging to the AE CICA-INIBIC, has observed for the first time the pathogenicity mechanism (or Kpi system) of K. pneumoniae, bacteria that kill 2000 people every year in Europe.
This mechanism, based on the pili of the bacteria, gives them an unusually effective capacity to adhere to the mucous membranes. This facilitates their subsequent entry into organs and the bloodstream, where they cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections. This discovery may facilitate the diagnosis and prognosis of patients, who through PCRs can determine the extent of the infection. In addition, the team is already working on a possible vaccine to target this adhesion system.
The complete news in La Voz de Galicia, 07/07/2020, R. Romar.
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