Novel therapeutics recognize sugar coat of the hospital germ C. difficile

Now, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam have demonstrated that C. difficile bacteria can be recognized by specific sugars on their surface. Antibodies that attack the sugars can be used to treat infected animals and save their lives. The bacterium Clostridium difficile invades up to 40% of patients in hospitals, causes serious infections that require harsh treatment with antibiotics and kills about 15.000 people in Europe annually. The results reported recently in the journal Nature Communications are the basis for further clinical development. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)